Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher c. 1991, photo by newsfocus1/

Birth Name: Margaret Hilda Roberts

Date of Birth: 13 October, 1925

Place of Birth: Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, U.K.

Date of Death: 8 April, 2013

Place of Death: Westminster, London, England, U.K.

Ethnicity: English, as well as one eighth Irish

Margaret Thatcher was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, she served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, from 4 May, 1979 to 28 November, 1990. She was the country’s first female Prime Minister. She was also a Member of Parliament for Finchley, from 8 October, 1959 to 16 March, 1992, Secretary of State for Education and Science, from 20 June, 1970 to 4 March, 1974, Leader of the Conservative Party, from 11 February, 1975 to 28 November, 1990, and Leader of the Opposition, from 11 February, 1975 to 4 May, 1979, among many other duties.

Prime Minister Thatcher was the daughter of Beatrice Ethel (Stephenson), from Lincolnshire, and Alfred Roberts, from Northamptonshire. Her father owned a tobacconist’s and a grocery shop, and was an alderman and Methodist local preacher. Most of her ancestry was English. One of her paternal great-grandmothers, Catherine Sullivan, born in 1811, was Irish. Prime Minister Thatcher was married to businessperson Denis Thatcher, until his death. The couple had two children.

Prime Minister Thatcher’s paternal grandfather was Benjamin Ebenezer Roberts (the son of John Roberts and Letitia/Lettita Phillips). Benjamin was born in Ringstead, Northamptonshire. John was the son of John Roberts and Alice Page/Axley. Letitia was the daughter of Robert Phillips and Rebecca Manning.

Prime Minister Thatcher’s paternal grandmother was Ellen Smith (the daughter of Thomas Smith and Catherine Sullivan/Selewin). Ellen was born in Ringstead, Northamptonshire. Catherine was Irish, from Kerry, Ireland.

Prime Minister Thatcher’s maternal grandfather was Daniel Stephenson (the son of Richard Stephenson and Lucy Motley). Daniel was born in Wyberton, Lincolnshire. Richard was the son of Christopher Stephenson and Elizabeth Gaunt. Lucy was the daughter of James Motley and Ann Overton.

Prime Minister Thatcher’s maternal grandmother was Phoebe Crust (the daughter of Samuel Crust and Elizabeth/Eliza Ward Dickinson). Phoebe was born in Fishtoft, Lincolnshire. Samuel was the son of Richard Crust and Jane Lunn. Elizabeth was the daughter of William Ward and Elizabeth Dickinson.

Prime Minister Thatcher was a fifth cousin, once removed, of subsequent British Prime Minister John Major. Her four times maternal great-grandparents, John Crust and Elizabeth Coxon, from West Keal, Lincolnshire, were also the five times maternal great-grandparents of John Major.

Sources: Genealogies of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher –

Relationship between Prime Ministers Thatcher and John Major –


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10 Responses

  1. rafe says:

    That’s a great recipe for instability and chaos. No wonder she came out of office with the lowest popularity for a PM ever at the end of the term.

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