In His True Element

In May 1936, the Western Morning news reported the story of Mark Weston, a thirty year old Oreston resident who, having always been raised as a woman, was now “in his true element” after two operations to correct his gender to male. In the words of Mr. L. R. Broster, the Harley Street surgeon who […]

Robert Gould Shaw III Nancy Astor’s Son

Charcoal drawing by John Singer Sargent - Robert Gould Shaw III

In the summer of 1931 Bobbie Shaw, the son of Lady Nancy Astor, ex Guardsman, champion steeplechaser and heavy drinker was arrested for ‘a homosexual act’. The arrest came just a week before Lady Nancy and Lord Waldorf Astor were due to take a diplomatic trip to Russia with George Bernard Shaw. It is reputed that the police told the Astors […]