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Mariga Guinness 
[Fürstin Marie Gabriele von Urach Gräfin von Württemberg]



I came across this photograph by Horst which reminded me how remarkable Mariga Guinness was. 
A wit, a tease, an intelligent and enchanting beauty, gifted with impeccable taste.  She had panache…whether in a fur hat and muff, or in fancy dress with a large hat and feather boa, she always looked marvellous.  A wonderful hostess, Leixlip Castle was an example on how to live in an historic house – despite it being freezing cold in winter [she longed for central heating]. 
It was thrilling to stay there surrounded by marvellous furniture she had found and not an ugly thing in sight.  She was the inspiration behind the founding of the Irish Georgian Society – not only did she find houses and restore them but also doggedly charmed her way through bureaucratic red tape in Dublin.


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