The Countess of Clancarty who died at her home 26 December, 2003, aged
99, was the fourth wife and widow of the 8th Earl of Clancarty, the
author of books on unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
She was born Mary Agnes Radonicich, 10 January, 1904, daughter of E.
Her previous marriages were to (i) a Mr.Wilson, and (ii) Commander
Frank M. Beasley, RN.
In April, 1976 she married as her third husband (and his fourth wife)
William Francis Brinsley Le Poer Trench, 8th Earl of Clanccarty, the
highly eccentric Chairman of the House of Lords UFO study group.
Lord Clancarty, fifth son of the 5th Earl, had inherited the peerage
in 1975 and ensured himself a highly eccentric entry into the
proceedings of the Upper Chamber. He maintained that aliens from a
number of different galaxies had first peopled the Earth some 65,000
years ago - thus accounting for our various races and colours of skin.
Some still lived near the centre of the earth, he maintained, which
they had entered through a series of tunnels at strategic points, the
North and South Poles and Tibet being among these.
When once asked where these aliens had got to, he replied: "Well, you
do see a lot of strange people around, don't you?"
If not all peers accepted Clancarty's unusual thesis, quite a number
were clearly intrigued by the subject matter. A House of Lords debate
in 1979 attracted hundreds, who fought their way into the H of L
chamber. It was one of the best attended for some years.
Lady Clancarty's husband died 18 May, 1995, after penning seven books
on the subject of UFOs.
Perhaps the most famous holder of the Clancarty peerage was the 2nd
Earl, British Ambassador to The Hague early in the 19th century who
was present at the Congress of Vienna after the Napoleonic Wars. The
actor Tyrone Power claimed to be a distant relative.
The Countess is survived by a son of her first marriage, Christopher
A Memorial Mass takes place at St Mary's, Cadogan Street, London SW3,
10 January, 2004 (on what would have been her Ladyship's centenary).
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