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Statue of Marjory and Oliver Wardrops

    Marjory Wardrop (b. 11 November, 1869 in London – d. 7 December, 1909 in Bucharest) was born in the family of aristocrats. She was an English linguist, historian and translator of Georgian literature. Her parents Thomas Wardrop and Marjory Scott, both of them were Scottish. Marjory was the only daughter of the three children. One of her brothers – Sir Oliver Wardrop, was a British diplomat and Scholar of Georgia. When family moved to Chislehurst, Marjory was educated at Eastbourne private schools. She was fluent in French, German, Latin, Russian and Romanian. She decided to learn Georgian after his brother, Oliver published the book “kingdom of Georgia” in 1888. Marjory learned both, new Georgian and old Georgian languages through Marie Broses’ grammar book and vocabulary and through reading The Gospel texts. In 1894 she publishes in London an English translation of “Georgian Folk Tales”. First Time she travelled in Georgia in 1894-5 with her mother and brother – Oliver and second time in 1896 with parents and brother – Thomas. Marjory translated and published The Hermit, legend by Prince Ilia Chavchavadze, London, 1895, Life of St. Nino, Oxford 1900. She also made the first English prose translation a romantic medieval epic by Shota Rustaveli – “The Knight in the Panther’s Skin”, which was published after her death by Sir Oliver Wardrop, who created the Marjory Wardrop Fund at Oxford University. Marjory Wardrop died on Dicember 7, 1909 in Buchares and is buried in Sevenook, near London.

    Address : Oliver Wardrop Park, Tbilisi, Georgia

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