Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne

Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne

Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne

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Doreen Knatchbull, Baroness Brabourne, CI (29 May 1896–28 August 1979) was an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, socialite and victim of the Provisional IRA.

Family life

Lady Brabourne was born The Lady Doreen Geraldine Browne, the third daughter of George Ulick Browne 6th Marquess of Sligo and Agatha Stewart Hodgson, granddaughter of William Forsyth QC. On 22 January 1919, she married Hon. Michael Knatchbull, a son of Cecil Knatchbull-Hugessen, 4th Baron Brabourne and his eventual successor.

They had two children:

On 15 February 1933, her husband succeeded his father as 5th Baron Brabourne and Doreen became The Lady Brabourne.


On 27 August 1979, the dowager Lady Brabourne was seriously injured in an explosion which killed Lord Mountbatten (the father of her younger son's wife), their grandson Nicholas, and a local fishing boy Paul Maxwell, on Donegal Bay, County Sligo. A bomb had been planted in Lord Mountbatten's fishing boat by a member of the Provisional IRA. Lady Brabourne died the next day.


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