Portrait of Sir Alvary Gascoigne of Lotherton Hall, thought to have been taken in the 1930s. He was the son of Colonel Frederick R.T.T. Gascoigne and Laura Gwendolen, nee Galton and he inherited the hall in 1937. Sir Alvary Gascoigne had a career in the Diplomatic Service as British Ambassador to Japan (1946-1951) and Moscow (1951-1953). He married Sylvia Wilder in 1916 and they had a son, Douglas Wilder b.1917 and a daughter Yvonne Studd b.1919. Douglas was killed in action in 1944. Sir Alvary and his wife divorced in 1935 and he went on to marry Lorna Priscilla Leatham. In 1968 the Gascoignes presented Lotherton Hall to Leeds City Council. The house and estate are now open to the public and include valuable collections of ceramics, art and fine furniture. The gardens, created by Sir Alvary's mother, Mrs. Laura Gwendolen Gascoigne are a feature of the visitor attraction and a Bird Garden was constructed in the 1970s. Sir Alvary Gascoigne died in 1970 at the age of 76.
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