Lady Almina's Nemesis 

Dorothy Muriel Dennistoun

A New Book : The Dustbin Case

By William Cross, FSA Scot

Available from 1 April 2012

Above : Dorothy Dennistoun, first wife of Lt. Colonel Ian Onslow Dennistoun.   She was the plaintiff in The Dustbin Case, in 1925.

Dennistoun v Dennistoun occupied 17 days of mayhem and mud slinging in the High Court.  Dorothy claimed that when she divorced  her  husband, Ian,  ( he was always known as Tiger) in France in 1921, she did not seek alimony against him. However,  Ian had promised to provide for her if and when he was ever in a position to do so.

In 1923, Ian ( Tiger )  married the Rothschild millionairess, Almina Wombwell, later Lady Almina,  5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Unable to extract a settlement from Ian,  Dorothy decided to plunge her ex- husband and his new wife, into the full glare of a trial, which was to give the World's press a field day.   The case became the cause celebre of the day, with allegations of sexual immorality coming from ALL sides.

The Dustbin Case is the subject of a new book by William Cross, FSA Scot, author of  The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon, the ONLY full length biography of Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon.

Please contact the author William Cross for further details of the new book, to be published on 1 April 2012.


This book is  ONLY available  from William Cross, FSA Scot

The Dustbin Case is published  under the ISBNs below.

ISBN 10 1-905914-04-0

ISBN 13 978-1-905914-04-3




Ill- Fated Meeting

In 1920, Almina, 5th Countess of Carnarvon was visiting the sick bed of her dear  old friend,  General Sir John Cowans.  Cowans had been a key military figure in the Great War as the  British Army's maverick QuarterMaster General.  At the visit Almina met for the first time Dorothy Muriel Dennistoun,  wife of Lt. Colonel Ian Dennistoun. It was well known in Society that Dorothy was the long standing mistress of Sir  John  Cowans.

The two women, mistress and Countess became friends, but it was sadly an ill-fated meeting and proved to be  a very dark, doomed friendship leading to  financial disaster for Lady Almina in a scandal driven High Court sex case called DennistounvDennistoun.  

This lurid case is the subject of The Dustbin Case,  a new book by William Cross, FSA Scot.

Cross is the author of The Life and Secrets of Almina Carnarvon, the hugely controversial biography of Almina, Countess of Carnarvon published in 2011.