BRIDGES-ADAMS, Marguerite Doris

1895 - 1963

Marguerite Bridges-Adams

As Marguerite Doris Wellsted, she was born at Hull, Yorkshire in 1895, daughter of William Henry Wellsted, a civil engineer, and his wife Eliza née Maisey, who married at Camberwell in 1881. In 1901, a 6 year old living at Tranby Lodge, Hessle Without, Yorkshire with her parents, 55 year old William and 41 year old Eliza, and two sibling sisters Violet R. 13, and Elsie T. 9, and they retained four indoor servants. Educated at Badminton House, Bristol, Marguerite married firstly in 1916, Colin Reith Coote (1893-1979), later Sir Colin, editor of the Daily Telegraph, and they had two daughters Unity Reith Coote (1918-1980) and Patience Wellstead Reith Coote (1921-1975), Marguerite and Colin divorced in 1925. She married secondly at Paddington, London in 1929, William Bridges-Adams (1889-1965), theatrical historian, director and designer, and in 1937 they were living at Badingham Old Rectory, Suffolk, their son was John Nicholas William Bridges-Adams (1930-1998). A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1943-1949 although she exhibited in 1942 two works 'Oakenhill, Baddingham' and 'Hatfield Heath, Essex, and as Mrs Bridges-Adams exhibited from the Old Rectory, Badingham in 1943 three works 'Suffolk, November', 'Eikersdal, Norway' and a pastel 'Summer Flowers', in 1945 a watercolour 'Hill Farm, North Wales', in 1947 two pictures 'Porth Farm House, Cornwall' and 'Mawgan, Porth'. In 1949 she exhibited from The Lodge, Glengariff, Co. Cork two watercolours, 'Bantry Bay from Glengariff' and 'Dunanus Bay, County Cork'. She died at her home in Waterfall, Bantry, Co. Cork, Ireland on 14 February 1963.