Marjorie Congreve Garden Tour
The Marjorie Congreve Garden Tour – 19th March | 11:15 am
Duration: 1 hour | Fitness level: Low – Moderate | Members: €10 per person – Non Members €14 per person | Places are limitedPRE-BOOK NOW
Discover More – Congreve, Mrs Ambrose, née Marjorie Gholson GlasgowThis is the only picture we have of Marjorie Glasgow, who Ambrose married in 1935.* The only child of Virginia socialite and engineer/banker father – Margaret Elizabeth Branch and Arthur Glasgow, Marjorie Congreve née Marjorie Gholson Glasgow was born in London. Marjorie met and married Ambrose Congreve in London in 1935. Interestingly, Marjorie gave up her US citizenship on marrying Ambrose. After their marriage, Ambrose joined the board of Humphreys & Glasgow the next year. Marjorie’s father had founded the firm in partnership with Alexander Humphreys in 1892. With operations based in London and New York, Humphreys & Glasgow’s business was the erection of gas manufacturing plants and apparatus and the firm’s gas plants were to be installed all over the world. He sold the company and retired in 1983. Timeline 1904 – Marjorie Gholson Glasgow is born in London 1935 – Majorie married Ambrose in London 1960 – Ambrose Christian Congreve and his wife Marjorie Glasgow of Virginia USA move into Mount Congreve following the death of his mother and in 1968 make it their personal home, modernising it and beginning extensive work on the surrounding gardens. 1995 – Marjorie Congreve passes away Ambrose and Marjorie had no children, but the Glasgows’ influence continues, specifically in Richmond where the family was one of education and affluence. What we know Margaret Glasgow’s father was a prominent figure in the Richmond banking and investment groups. In 1909, he opened one of the city’s first bathhouses across the street from Monroe Park. The facade of the bathhouse became the facade for VCU’s GRC dorms. James Branch Cabell, the namesake of the Monroe Park campus library, was a cousin to Mrs. Glasgow. Mr. Glasgow was an engineer from 1885 to 1891. The next year, he created a partnership with Alexander Humphreys to create Humphreys & Glasgow, an engineering firm in London. He served as chairman for the company until 1939. Mr. Glasgow’s sister was the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Ellen Glasgow. Mrs. Glasgow died in August 1952 and Mr. Glasgow died in October 1955. Both are buried in Hollywood Cemetery. Perhaps Mount Congreve is a recipe for a long life. Marjorie died aged 92, and Ambrose reached the grand age of 104. A Tomb with a View The Greek-inspired Temple was built by Ambrose Congreve at his favourite place in the Garden – to be his last resting place. There are many wonderful views in the garden, and this stunning view of the River Suir was the one Ambrose loved the best. His ashes were buried here in 2011 after he died at the extraordinary age of 104. The Temple is also the last resting place of Marjorie. *Painting of Marjorie Gholson Glasgow in 1920 by Philip de László. Photography by John Kellett, Dublin Ireland © de Laszlo Foundation
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Mar 19 2023 to Mar 19 2023
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Festive Afternoon Tea
Enjoy some old-world charm and visit Mount Congreve Gardens this Christmas for Festive afternoon tea by The Pantry at CLIFF in the beautifully restored Tack Room.
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Nov 16 2023 to Jan 7 2024
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Back by popular demand - join one of our garden team for a wreath-making workshop this festive season.
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