The Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava was Miss Flora Davis, daughter of the millionaire banker, John H. Davis, of New York, before she married the Marquis, in 1893. She is known as one of the most perfectly dressed women of the day, as well as one of the most accomplished. She possesses distinct musical ability, and her talent in this direction has been inherited by her three little girls, the Ladies Doris, Ursula, and Patricia, whose charming singing of French chansons has delighted many a drawing-room audience in Mayfair. When her husband was secretary at the British Legation in Paris, Lady Dufferin frequently sang in private salons in the cause of charity, and in December, 1910, made her debut at the Bechstein Hall, at a concert given by her friend, Madame Donalda, the prima donna. It was her first, and will, according to her own confession, probably be her last appearance as a singer in public, although naturally the rumour arose that she was about to take up singing professionally. Lady Dufferin, by the way, is a capital judge of furniture, and is very tasteful in the matter of house decoration. Bridge is her favourite pastime, and many select card parties are held at her home in Cadogan Square.
The Marchioness of Dufferin Lallie Charles