Mrs. Birrell nee Miss Eleanor Locker, Mrs. Birrell, through her mother, Lady Charlotte Locker, is a cousin of Lord Elgin. She was also a niece of Queen Victoria's best-loved and trusted friend, Lady Augusta Stanley, and at the Deanery at Westminster her late Majesty saw Mrs. Birrell from time to time as a child and young girl, and took much notice of her. Ultimately, Miss Locker became the wife of Mr. Lionel Tennyson, the great poet's second son, and there are many charming references to her and the three sons of her first marriage in the Poet Laureate's "Life." Left a widow while still in early youth, Mrs. Tennyson, in 1888. married Mr. Birrell, then a rising barrister and budding politician, whose first wife had died in 1879. Mrs. Birrell's personality is somewhat overshadowed by that of her husband, but she is a brilliant and captivating woman, who has proved of great assistance to her clever husband. They have a delightful home at Sheringham, known by the quaint name of " The Pightle," where they indulge in their joint hobbies of walking, golf, and book-hunting.
Mrs. Birrell O. & K.. Edis