BiograPhyle Eleanor Mabel (Mab) Simms
Eleanor Mabel (Mab) Simms (Lady Wormald)
Born 18xx - Married 1889 John Wormald - Died 1953

She was married in 1889. Little is currently known about the family background of 'Lady Mab'. Her husband, Sir John Wormald, died in 1933, some twenty years before she did - and she lived to a considerable age. She spent the last few years of her life - from 1948 onwards - living with her daughter, Babs, and her son-in-law, Douglas, at their house 'Chipping Croft' in Tetbury, Gloucestershire. She had her own suite of rooms high up in the house which she ruled with a rod of iron (she had been so used to her independence) until she became bed-ridden for the last few months of her life.

Lady Mab WormaldHer youngest child, Babs, was devoted to her and was no doubt thoroughly spoiled by her, being the baby (by many years) of the family as she was. It is also a matter of family knowledge that Douglas found her far more acceptable as a mother-in-law than the relationship attaching to his first marriage.

She appears to have been very friendly with Percy Douglas who is known to have been the owner of a fairly luxurious boat on which the family spent many happy days sailing during the 1920s.

For the last few years of her husband's life, the marriage seems to have broken down. They lived apart - the first evidence of this being in 1926 when she lived for several weeks at the home of her daughter Bab's father-in-law just after his death. It is significant that when Douglas' father died as the result of an accident, it was Lady Mab who was with them when the Scottish Granite memorial stone was put in place. The photograph and background to this event may be seen via Wormald pages in this zone. Subsequently Babs and Douglas Anstruther moved into the house. Lady Mab was a frequent guest thereafter. The family also had a house at 87 Sloane Street, London SW. Her husband lived the remainder of his life at The Judges' Lodging, St Giles, in Oxford.

It has often been stated that 'behind every good man is a good woman' and it is not difficult to surmise that during the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth century, she was an important power behind John Wormald. She was fun-loving but her efficiency, charm and charitable nature (known to have been her hallmarks) made it possible for him to be the kind of man he was in public life.