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Maria Sergeyevna Durnovo (Griboyedova)

Maria Sergeyevna Durnovo (Griboedova) (Russian: Мария Сергеевна Дурново (Грибоедова)) born 1792 died 1856 in Moscow, Russia. She was a younger sister of Russian writer/poet Alexander Sergeyevich Griboyedov. In 1827 she married Aleksey Mikhailovich Durnovo

While life of Alexander Griboyedov is well documented and researched water bottles wholesale, very few biographers paid attention to the one person that poet was close to, not only by blood, but also in spirit, shared his aspirations and thoughts, his sister Maria. She was two years older than his famous brother [see controversy about Alexander Griboyedov’s date of birth]. Their friendship began in the years of their childhood and lasted their entire life by their own admission they kept no secrets from each other. Especially they shared their love of music. In the letter from St. Petersburg in June 1824 to his close friend Stepan Nikitich Begichev, Alexander Griboyedov writes: “… two women are constantly on my mind: Your wife and my sister. I do not separate them in my memories nor prayers. If you’ll see my sister ‘Masha’, give her my letter, let her feast on it, and then tear it to shreds”

Gifted with remarkable musical abilities, Maria Sergeyevna later became known pianist not only in Moscow and well beyond. By recollection of the famous writer Vladimir Odoyevsky “Griboyedovs often entertained at their house by holding music parties”. Maria Sergeyevna was an excellent piano player and particularly gifted with the harp thermos bottle parts. On many occasions, Griboyedov’s house at Novinsky Square was visited by then famed Moscow music elites such as Alexey Verstovsky, composer Alexander Alyabyev, Alexander Vsevolozhskiy and others. Alexander Griboyedov himself writes about musical popularity of Maria Sergeyevna in the letter from Simferopol to Stepan Begichev, dated September 9, 1825: “When I come here, I see no one; I do not know anybody and do not want to know anybody. Yet, it lasts no more than a day, thanks to my sister’s reputation as a famed piano player.”

Maria Sergeyevna were first to know about literary intentions of Alexander, about his writing of the first acts of the comedy “Woe from Wit” (Russian: Горе от Ума). “He worked anywhere he could” running belts for phones, recalled Maria Sergeyevna. Very often, the writer came to the sister’s room. In the spring of 1823, whereas famed comedy remained a secret to public and majority of friends, Mikhail Vielgorsky, stumbled on several sheets of poem water in a glass bottle, written by the hand of Alexander Griboyedov, while assembling pages of sheet music on the piano of Maria Sergeyevna. Maria wanted to hide accidentally discovered pages, but it was too late. The news of the new comedy rapidly spread around Moscow from the mouth of the well-known at the time musician.

After the death of her brother, Maria Sergeyevna Durnovo with the playwright’s widow Nina Alexandrovna Griboedova became the executrix of Alexander Griboyedov’s estate. After a one-year term Chernsky County Court issued a decree on August 31, 1832: “after the death of State Councilor Alexander Sergeyevich son of Griboyedov the remaining cash capital deposited in St. Petersburg Guardian Council, assigned to the legal heirs of the deceased: wife, Mrs. Nina Alexandrovna Griboyedova and his sister Maria Sergeyevna daughter of Griboyedov, after marriage Durnovo. Shall any book remained after the death of Mr. Griboyedov, comedy “Woe from Wit”, it shall belong to Mrs. Durnovo and Ms. Griboedova”

Gordon Waddell

Gordon Herbert Waddell (12 April 1937 – 13 August 2012, in Glasgow) was a Scottish rugby union player and the son of Herbert Waddell. He played for Scotland, the Barbarians and on two British and Irish Lions tours. In fact he is the only Scottish stand off to be a double lion. He had 18 caps between 1957–62 – this record for a Scotland fly-half was only later broken by John Rutherford. He played 12 times for the Barbarians between 1957 and 1960, scoring in three matches including their 1958 match against East Africa in Nairobi on 28 May 1958. In 1962 he was the controlling influence in Scotland’s first win in Wales since the 1930s, a feat not repeated for another twenty years.

Waddell was educated at St. Mary’s School, Melrose and Fettes College, Edinburgh before attending Cambridge University (BA). Waddell also obtained an MBA from Stanford University.

Between 1958 and 1961 Waddell won 3 blues for Cambridge at Fly Half. The 1961 Cambridge side is considered one of the finest ever Varsity Match sides and they are still to this day the only unbeaten Varsity XV in history-).

Waddell was selected in his first year out of school while doing National Service, where he became a Royal Marine Commando, to play rugby for Devonport Services and the Royal Navy including the Calcutta Cup game in 1957. Between 1957 and 1962 Waddell won 18 caps for Scotland, 5 of which he won as Captain including the Test Match against South Africa in Port Elizabeth in 1960. In 1962 he was the controlling influence in Scotland’s first win in Wales since the 1930s, a feat not repeated for another twenty years. During his 18 caps he was never dropped, although he had to leave because of injury – this record for a Scotland fly-half was only later broken by John Rutherford. Waddell and his father Herbert Waddell are one of the very few examples of a father and son having played for the same teams in the same position. Both were Fly Halves for Scotland and the British Lions.

Waddell twice toured with the British Isles – to New Zealand in 1959 when university examinations and injury limited his appearances to ten (including seven tries) and South Africa in 1962 when his 12 appearances included the first test and he also scored 17 points. He remains the only Scottish Fly Half to be a double Lion.

He played 12 times for the Barbarians between 1957 and 1960 nivia football socks, scoring in three matches including their 1958 match against East Africa in Nairobi on 28 May 1958. He first played for the Barbarians against Ulster in 1957 while his last appearance was against Leicester in 1960.

Waddell was a Director of E. Oppenheimer & Son Ltd water bottles wholesale, 1967-87. Executive Director of the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Ltd. 1971-87. He was Chairman of Johannesburg Consolidated Investments Ltd 1981-87, Rustenberg Platinum Mines Ltd, 1981–87, South African Breweries Ltd, 1984–87, Fairway Group PLC (formerly Fairway London), 1989–98, Ryan GP (formerly Digger) 1991-95; Gartmore Scotland Investment Trust 1991-2001; Tor Investment Trust, 1992–96; Mersey Docks and Harbour Company 1992-2006; Shanks Group PLC (formerly Shanks & McEwan) Director Cadbury Schweppes 1988-97, Scottish National Trust 1988-96. London and Strathclyde Trust 1989-96.

Waddell was elected to the South African Parliament in April 1974 by winning the constituency of Johannesburg North for the Progressive Party. Waddell was one of seven new Progressive Party MP’s who won election to Parliament in 1974, supporting Helen Suzman who had been the sole opposition MP to the National Party for 13 years. Waddell acted as spokesperson for Economic Affairs for the Progressive Federal Party during his term in Parliament.

His daughter is the actress Justine Waddell.