Mrs Clare McLaren-Throckmorton

Portrait of Mrs Throckmorton at Coughton Court, Warwickshire

During our Christmas open period we will now be closed on Tuesday 28 November for the funeral and requiem mass of Mrs Clare McLaren-Throckmorton who died peacefully surrounded by her family.

Mrs Throckmorton was one of the first female Queen’s Counsel. She returned to Coughton in the early 1990’s after spending much of her childhood here and will be long remembered for her love and care for the house and its history.

Clare inherited the Coughton lease and the Molland estate as her grandmother Lady Lilian had intended, having bought out Sir Anthony’s life-interest following his death in 1994.

A QC and specialist in European Law, Clare Tritton (her professional name) left the Bar to devote her time to the management of both estates when she moved to Coughton in the early 1990s with her second husband Andrew, taking the name Throckmorton as a reflection of the commitment that she made to her ancestral family home.

‘Mrs T’, as she is affectionately known, did much to restore the interiors and fortunes of the house, inheriting from her grandmother, Lady Lilian, a determined dedication to care for Coughton and protect it for the future.

Together with her daughter, Christina Williams, she created the magnificent gardens, including the award-winning Walled Garden. The family continue to manage the beautiful gardens as part of a close working partnership with the National Trust, thus maintaining an extraordinary family connection going back over 600 years.