Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx

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The Lady Wilson of Rievaulx
Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx 1970.tif
Mary Wilson (1970)
Spouse of the Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom
In role
4 March 1974 – 5 April 1976
Preceded byVacant[nb]
Succeeded byAudrey Callaghan
In role
16 October 1964 – 19 June 1970
Preceded byLady Douglas-Home
Succeeded byVacant[nb]
Personal details
Born
Gladys Mary Baldwin

(1916-01-12)12 January 1916
Diss, Norfolk, England
Died6 June 2018(2018-06-06) (aged 102)
London, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)
Children2
Occupation
n.b. ^ The prime minister from 1970 to 1974 was Edward Heath, who was not married.

Gladys Mary Wilson, Lady Wilson of Rievaulx (12 January 1916 – 6 June 2018) was an English poet. She was the widow of Harold Wilson, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the late 1960s and mid-1970s. Her birth name was Gladys Mary Baldwin.

In 1970 her volume of poetry, Selected Poems, was published and in 1976 Wilson was one of three judges of the Man Booker Prize, the other judges being Walter Allen and Francis King.[1]

In 2013, aged 97, she attended the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.[2]

In 2016, she became the first spouse of a British prime minister to turn 100.[3][4]

Wilson died on 6 June 2018, of a stroke, in London aged 102.[5] She was the longest-living spouse of a British prime minister in history.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Tears, tiffs and triumphs". The Guardian. 6 September 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
  2. "Final guest list for Lady Thatcher's funeral" (PDF). Gov.uk. 17 October 2013. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2017. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)
  3. McSmith, Andy (8 January 2016). "Mary Wilson: Wife of former Prime Minister Harold turning 100 years-old". The Independent. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  4. Hirst, Andrew (12 January 2016). "Harold Wilson's loyal wife Mary reaches her 100th birthday". Huddersfield Daily Examiner. Trinity Mirror. Retrieved 16 January 2016.
  5. Elliott, Francis. "Mary Wilson, widow of the prime minister Harold Wilson, dies aged 102". The Times. Retrieved 7 June 2018.