Although the quiet little village of Stock-bridge, in Hampshire, claims the Duchess of Bedford as a native - for it was there that her Grace was born forty-five years ago - she lived for several years in India, her father being the Ven. W. H. Tribe, Archdeacon of Lahore. It was while the Duke of Bedford, then Lord Herbrand Russell, was acting as A.d.c. to Lord Dufferin, Viceroy of India, that he first met Miss Tribe, and they were married in the same year. In spite of the fact that she is the wife of one of the richest peers in Great Britain, the duchess cares little for society. Occasionally she is seen at the Opera, and sometimes at Prince's Skating Rink. Sport and country life, however, are her great passions. Shooting and fishing are her favourite recreations, and that she knows how to handle both rod and gun effectively is evident from the fact that her shooting record for a day is 200 pheasants, while on one occasion she landed eighteen salmon weighing 200 pounds. Riding and driving, too, appeal to her very much. The duchess's town residence is in Belgrave Square, but she much prefers the delights and pleasures of Woburn Abbey.

The Duchess of Bedford Lafayette

The Duchess of Bedford Lafayette