OUR Wedding

February 8th, 1902 

Ottoline Violet Anne Cavendish-Bentinck
Philip Morrell

St. Peter's Eaton Square.

inside St. Peter's

OTTOLINE in 1903

 the Groom & the Bride

O perfect Love, all human thought transcending,
lowly we kneel in prayer before thy throne,
that theirs may be the love which knows no ending,
whom thou forevermore dost join in one.

O perfect Life, be thou their full assurance,
of tender charity and steadfast faith,
of patient hope and quiet, brave endurance,
with childlike trust that fears nor pain nor death.

Grant them the joy which brightens earthly sorrow;

grant them the peace which calms all earthly strife,
and to life's day the glorious unknown morrow
that dawns upon eternal love and life.
Dorothy Frances Blomfield Gurney, 1883

photographed in 1903 by George Beresford

The Brides Maids


 Victoria Cavendish-Bentinck, from 1916
portriat by de Laszlo
My Cousin
Lady Violet Manners (Charteris)
portrait by John Singer Sargent, 1916
( daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Rutland (sister of Marjorie Manners, Marchioness of Anglesey, and Lady Diana Manners, who married Duff Cooper).

also- Philip's neice, Dorothy Warren

No one could have been kinder or more generous than my family  were to me. My brother-Portland gave Me away.

William Cavendish-Bentinck,
6th Duke of Portland, photograph by Elliott & Fry, 1900

2 of MY BRothers
Lord Charles Cavendish-Bentinck & Lord Henry Cavendish-Bentinck
photograph by Alexander Bassano, 1900

at the wedding told Philip, My youngest brother Lord Charles told Philip, 'Well, I am glad, I am not in your shoes. I wouldn't undertake her for anything.' 
Nor did My Lord Charles deliver a present.

A new thoroughly independent Life had begun.


  1. exceptional post. You make her seem alive today.

  2. Riveted to find out more about Lady Ottoline. I had no idea she was a Bentinck. I don't know if it is of any interest to you Gaye that the current 9th Earl of Portland is an actor, Tim Bentinck, who is best known for his role as David in 'The Archers' - an everyday tale of country folk, our longest running BBC soap. Radio.

  3. Rosie I do hope WE can trace some of Ottoline's footsteps when we finally get together! I am going to check out the Archers. xo Gaye

  4. I came across your page when researching an Edwardian wedding dress that I have just acquired. Beautiful - she has captivated me and left me wanting to know more! Well done indeed.

    1. Karen, lucky you! Ottoline did do things well! I hope you continue to read and join Us. pgt