Mary Wilson, Baroness Wilson of Rievaulx

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The Lady Wilson of Rievaulx
Mary Wilson.jpg
Spouse of the Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom
In office
4 March 1974 – 5 April 1976
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byVacanta
Succeeded byAudrey Callaghan
In office
16 October 1964 – 19 June 1970
MonarchElizabeth II
Prime MinisterHarold Wilson
Preceded byElizabeth Douglas-Home
Succeeded byVacanta
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
Spouse(s)Harold Wilson
(m. 1940–1995, his death)
ChildrenRobin, Giles
ParentsRev Daniel Baldwin, Sarah Bentley
a. ^ The Prime Minister from 19 June 1970 to
4 March 1974 was Edward Heath.

Gladys Mary Wilson, Lady Wilson of Rievaulx (née Baldwin; 12 January 1916 – 6 June 2018) was an English poet and the widow of former UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson; who served from 1964–1970 and again from 1974–1976.

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]

She is the only spouse of any Prime Minister to become a centenarian.[2]

In 2013, at age 97, she accepted an invitation to attend the funeral of Margaret Thatcher.[3]

Wilson died on 6 June 2018, of a stroke, in London aged 102.[4] She was the longest-lived spouse of a British prime minister on record and the first and only to become a centenarian.[5][6]

References[change | change source]

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