Violet Milner, Viscountess Milner

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Violet Georgina Milner, Viscountess Milner (née Maxse; 1 February 1872 – 10 October 1958) was an English socialite of the Victorian and Edwardian eras and, later, editor of the political monthly National Review.[1]

Her father was the youngest of four children born to Admiral Frederick Maxse and Cecilia Steel. Her siblings were Gen. Sir Ivor Maxse (1862–1958), a British Army officer of the First World War; Leopold Maxse (1864–1932), editor of the National Review, and Olive Hermione Maxse (1867–1855), a model for Edward Burne-Jones.[2][3]

She married, firstly, Lord Edward Cecil, son of the British Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, on 18 June 1894. She exchanged letters with the British statesman Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner during his time in South Africa and alongside Violet Markham she established the Victoria League in 1901 to promote Milner's imperial vision.[4] Lord Edward died in 1918, and she married Lord Milner on 26 February 1921.[5]

Lady Milner took over as National Review editor after the death of her brother Leopold Maxse in 1932, having supported the publication since he fell ill in 1929.[5]

She died in 1958 at her home near Hawkhurst.


  1. ^ "Obituary: Viscountess Milner – Brilliant Talker and Hostess". The Times. The Times Digital Archive. 11 October 1958. p. 8.
  2. ^ Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. pp. 351–352. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  3. ^ "Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Bt., A.R.A., R.W.S. (1833-1898) , Portrait study of Olive Maxse, probably for 'The Sirens'". Christie's. Retrieved 18 May 2019.
  4. ^ Cecil, Hugh; Cecil, Mirabel (2005). Imperial Marriage: An Edwardian War and Peace. History Press. ISBN 978-0-7509-3799-3.
  5. ^ a b Cecil, Hugh. "Milner, Violet Georgina". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35039. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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