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Statue of Marjory Wardrops (Tbilisi, Georgia)

    Marjory Wardrop – (b. 11 November 1869, London – d. 7 December 1909,  Bucharest) was born in a family of aristocrats. She was an English linguist, historian and translator of Georgian literature. Her parents, Thomas Wardrop and Marjory Scott, were both Scottish. Wardrop was the only daughter of the three children. One of her brothers – Sir Oliver Wardrop, was a British diplomat and Georgian scholar. When the family moved to Chislehurst, Wardrop 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. Wardrop learnt both new Georgian and old Georgian  through Marie Broses’ grammar book and vocabulary, and by reading The Gospel. In 1894, she published in London an English translation of Georgian Folk Tales. The first time she travelled to Georgia was in 1894-5 with her mother and brother Oliver later in 1896 with her parents and brother Thomas. Wardrop translated and published The Hermit, a legend by Prince Ilia Chavchavadze. She also made the first English prose translation of 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 7 December 1909 in Bucharest and was buried in Sevenook , near London. The statue represents her with her husband.

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    Address: Oliver Wardrop Garden, 3, Z. Zhvania street 0108, Tbilisi, Georgia.