Susan Barrantes

Mother of Sarah Ferguson
Born Jun 9, 1937

Susan Barrantes was an English aristocrat related to the House of Stuart and the mother of Sarah, Duchess of York, and the maternal grandmother of Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie of York. She was born Susan Mary Wright in Bramcote, Nottinghamshire, the daughter of FitzHerbert Wright and the Honourable Doreen Wingfield.… Read More

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  • Fergie Backtracks On Abuse Independent Online
    Google News - Aug 01, 2011
  • Descansos Por Allá Y Por Acá Lanacion.Com (Argentina)
    Google News - Jul 26, 2011
  • Duchess Of York's Mother Dies In A Car Crash
    NYTimes - Sep 21, 1998
  • Hector Barrantes, Duchess Of York's Stepfather, 51
    NYTimes - Aug 12, 1990


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1937 Birth Born on June 9, 1937.


1954 17 Years Old Susan Wright completed school and for a short time attended secretarial college. During the debutante season of 1954, she was presented to the Queen.
1956 19 Years Old On 17 January 1956, Susan married Lieutenant Ronald Ferguson (1931–2003) at St Margaret's, Westminster. … Read More


1957 20 Years Old Ronald and Susan had two daughters: Jane Louisa, born on 26 August 1957, and Sarah Margaret, later the Duchess of York, born on 15 October 1959.


1972 35 Years Old In 1972, Susan caused a stir in society circles by leaving her family, to move to Argentina with professional polo-player Hector Barrantes, causing her to be dubbed 'the bolter'. … Read More
1974 37 Years Old Susan and Ronald divorced in 1974, and in 1975 she married Barrantes. … Read More


1990 53 Years Old She also assisted her husband's business of breeding polo ponies and cattle until his death from cancer in 1990. … Read More


1998 61 Years Old 1 More Event
On 19 September 1998, while leaving for the ranch where she kept ponies, the Rover 75 she was driving collided with a Renault catering truck on a two-lane highway in flat countryside. … Read More
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