Husband Ralph Partridge

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Bedales School, Church Rd, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG, Regno Unito
University Of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2, Regno Unito
Ham Spray House, Marlborough SN8 3QZ, Regno Unito

Image result for Frances Marshall 2004'''Frances Catherine Partridge'''[1] CBE (née '''Marshall'''; 15 March 1900 – 5 February 2004) was an English writer. A long-lived member of the Bloomsbury Group,[2] she is probably best known for the publication of her diaries. She married Ralph Partridge (1894 – 30 November 1960) in 1933. The couple had one son, (Lytton) Burgo Partridge (1935–1963).

Born in Bedford Square in London, she was the youngest of six children of William Marshall, an English architect and Margaret Anna Lloyd, a suffragist who took the 6-year-old Frances to a protest.[3] She lived in the square until she was eight when her father retired and they moved to the countryside.[4] She was educated at Bedales School and Newnham College, Cambridge.[5]

While working at a London bookshop owned by David Garnett and Francis Birrell, she became acquainted with Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington and Ralph Partridge. In 1921, Ralph Partridge had married Dora Carrington, who was in love with Lytton Strachey, a homosexual who was himself more interested in Partridge. An added complication was Dora Carrington's intermittent affair with one of Partridge's best friends, Gerald Brenan. Carrington, Partridge, and Strachey shared a Wiltshire farm-house, Ham Spray, in a complex triangular relationship (later recorded in the 1995 film ''Carrington'', with Alex Kingston playing Frances).

Ralph Partridge now fell in love with Frances. They lived in London during the week and repaired to Ham Spray at weekends. After Dora Carrington committed suicide out of grief in 1932, shortly after Lytton Strachey's death, Ralph and Frances married on 2 March 1933. They lived happily at Ham Spray until Ralph's death in 1960.

They had one son, (Lytton) Burgo Partridge, who was born in 1935 and named for Strachey. In 1962, Burgo married Henrietta Garnett, daughter of Angelica Garnett and David Garnett,[6] with Henrietta already pregnant with their daughter. He died suddenly of heart failure on 7 September 1963, only three weeks after the birth of their baby, Sophie Vanessa. He had already been noticed for his writing ability, and had published one well-received book, ''A History of Orgies'' (1958).[7]

Frances sold Ham Spray and moved to London. Her writings, her membership of the Bloomsbury circle, her great personal charm and the energy that she retained into extreme old age together ensured for her a degree of celebrity towards the end of her life.[8]

She was awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the Millennium New Year Honours.[9]


  1. ^ Frances Partridge, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  2. ^ cite journal|title=Review: ''A Bloomsbury Canvas: Reflections on the Bloomsbury Group'' by Tony Bradshaw|author=McGuire, Julie|journal=NWSA Journal|volume=15|issue=3|date=Autumn 2003|pages=223–225|jstor=4317027 Frances Partridge, Quentin Bell and Angelica Garnett were among the last survivors of those closely connected to the Bloomsbury Group.
  3. ^ Cite news|url=https://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/15/nyregion/frances-partridge-diarist-and-last-survivor-of-bloomsbury-group-dies-at-103.html|title=Frances Partridge, Diarist and Last Survivor of Bloomsbury Group, Dies at 103|last=Martin|first=Douglas|date=2004-02-15|work=The New York Times|access-date=2018-01-15|language=en-US|issn=0362-4331
  4. ^ [http://www.rte.ie/radio1/dialogue/1018462.html Interview with Andy O'Mahony] webarchive|url=https://archive.is/20120912063511/http://www.rte.ie/radio1/dialogue/1018462.html |date=12 September 2012 in the Dialogue stream on RTÉ Radio 1, 21 May 1994
  5. ^ Cite book|url=https://books.google.tn/books?id=qJoyAwAAQBAJ&pg=PT1942&lpg=PT1942&dq=Frances+Catherine+Partridge+She+was+educated+at+Bedales+School+and+Newnham+College,+Cambridge.&source=bl&ots=zni-H9vTzS&sig=UEjcFRr9YdePKVlD6r9zOcmt0HI&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=Frances%20Catherine%20Partridge%20She%20was%20educated%20at%20Bedales%20School%20and%20Newnham%20College,%20Cambridge.&f=false|title=The Oxford Companion to English Literature|last=Birch|first=Dinah|date=2009-09-24|publisher=OUP Oxford|isbn=9780191030840|language=en
  6. ^ Adam Kuper, "Incest & influence: the private life of bourgeois England", Harvard University Press, 2009, ISBN|0-674-03589-5, p.242
  7. ^ Mary Ann Caws, Sarah Bird Wright, "Bloomsbury and France: art and friends", Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN|0-19-511752-2, p.386
  8. ^ Durrant, Sabine (11 January 1999). "[https://www.theguardian.com/g2/story/0,3604,322955,00.html Frances Partridge, Bloomsbury groupie]". ''The Guardian''. Retrieved 21 January 2008.
  9. ^ Cite web|url=https://www.abebooks.com/first-edition/Frances-Partridge-Biography-Chisholm-Anne-Weidenfeld/6550705144/bd|title=Frances Partridge : The Biography by Chisholm, Anne: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, London 9780297646730 Hardback, First Edition. - Amazing Book Company|website=www.abebooks.com|language=en|access-date=2018-01-15