Local Heroes - Seat Nomination Winners Lady Mary Holborow

12 August 2020

Who is ready for another announcement for our Name a Seat Local Heroes? 🀩 When you read about the achievements of our next winner it is clear to see why so many felt she deserved their nomination. Having a spotlight shone on them today is.... πŸ₯πŸ₯πŸ₯...🌟 LADY MARY HOLBOROW DCVO 🌟 

Lady Mary Holborow who died on June 9 2017 aged 80, was Lord Lieutenant for Cornwall from 1994 – 2011, and even though not native to Cornwall, proved herself an exceptional champion for the county, known variously as Cornwall’s First Lady, Cornwall’s Guardian Angel, Cornwall’s Treasure and a Cornish Legend.

Her relationship with Cornwall was extraordinary.  Described as ‘Cornish by adoption and grace’, she loved and embraced all things Cornish both publicly and behind the scenes.  There is no part she was not involved with from the youth, to the farming, rugby, armed forces, male voice choirs, charities, hospitals, local authority, health and business communities. 

In addition to her ongoing support for Hall for Cornwall, she was an early champion of The Eden Project, she established and chaired the Cornwall Community Foundation and set up the Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for Youth (now known as Young & Talented Cornwall).  She was made a Cornish Bard and received the Trelawney Plate, a biennial award which recognises the individual who is considered to be the ‘living embodiment of the spirit of Cornwall’.

She was appointed Dame Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (DCVO) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.

“We are touched and honoured that my mother Mary Holborow has been nominated to be recognised and honoured in the new Hall for Cornwall auditorium.  A wonderful legacy.  She was a long term supporter of Hall for Cornwall, enthusiastically supporting it over the years as it has evolved as a beacon for Cornwall’s culture and love for the performing arts.  I know she would be humbled to know she is one of just ten Cornish individuals selected to have a seat named after them.  Thank you.” Kate Holborow on behalf of the Holborow family