Lady Butler of Saffron Walden dies, aged 101

PUBLISHED: 09:13 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:41 31 May 2010

LADY Butler of Saffron Walden, the widow of statesman Rab Butler, has died aged 101. Former Conservative MP for the Saffron Walden constituency, Richard Austen Butler, was her second husband; her first, the arctic explorer Augustine Courtauld, died in 1

LADY Butler of Saffron Walden, the widow of statesman "Rab" Butler, has died aged 101.

Former Conservative MP for the Saffron Walden constituency, Richard Austen Butler, was her second husband; her first, the arctic explorer Augustine Courtauld, died in 1959.

Rab Butler was one of the few British politicians to have served in the three posts of Chancellor of the Exchequer, Home Secretary and Foreign Secretary, although he was passed over for the Premiership on two occasions. He died in 1982

Lady Butler, who had four sons and two daughters and was a great-grandmother, died peacefully at her home in Great Yeldham yesterday (Wednesday February 18).

Her funeral service will be held at St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden on Wednesday March 4 at 2pm.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Saffron Walden Reporter. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Saffron Walden Reporter