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Pamela Onslow, Countess of Onslow

Pamela Onslow, Countess of Onslow

Pamela Louisa Eleanor Onslow, Countess of Onslow (née Hon. Pamela Louisa Eleanor Dillon; 26 August 1915 – 14 April 1992) was an English socialite. She was born in Dorchester, Dorset, the daughter of Eric Dillon, 19th Viscount Dillon. She married the 6th Earl of Onslow on 4 August 1936, several weeks before her 21st birthday. The marriage was dissolved by divorce in 1962.[1]

The couple had two children: Michael William Coplestone Dillon Onslow, 7th Earl of Onslow (28 February 1938 – 14 May 2011), and Lady Teresa Lorraine Onslow (born 26 February 1940). Teresa Onslow married Catholic writer/editor Auberon Waugh. Auberon and Teresa Waugh had four children. Dillon held the office of Justice of the Peace for Guildford in 1950.[1]

Littlejohn Affair

Lady Onslow was involved in the Littlejohn Affair, a spy scandal involving an alleged MI6 double agent, Kenneth Littlejohn, whom she had met when visiting prison in the 1960s. She reportedly introduced Littlejohn to the British security forces who later used Littlejohn in anti-IRA operations.[2] In 1975, she received a letter bomb which fortunately for her failed to detonate properly, causing only minor injuries. She reportedly declined hospital treatment for the injuries.[3]


Lady Onslow died in Kensington, London in 1992, aged 76.[1]


  1. Mosley, Charles, ed. (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knighthood (107 ed.). Burke's Peerage & Gentry. p. 1287. ISBN 0-9711966-2-1.
  2. MP to question Mr Heath. The Times, 6 August 1973; pg 1; col D
  3. Channel 4 news site re spate of bombings around London in 1974/1975, including the letter bomb sent to Lady Onslow

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