The Mayflower and the Thistle
Born in 1878, May Goelet was the richest heiress of her day and a member of the old New York society. When she came of age, she was said to be worth over twenty million, making her the target of many would-be suitors. May's mother, an ambitious woman, saw all the 16 prospective noblemen as potential husbands for her daughter, as she desperately wanted May to marry a man of high standing. Mrs Goelet may even have favoured Count Boris, who was then heir to the Russian throne. Much to her mother’s chagrin, May turned them all down because she didn't love them, apart from one gentleman, Kelso, who loved May but decided to keep his distance until he was sure May would accept his hand.
Henry John Innes-Ker, 8th Duke of Roxburghe was the holder of the premier Scottish dukedom and a first cousin of Winston Churchill.
Following the meeting of May and the Duke of Roxburghe, The Mayflower and the Thistle follows their story.