LARMINIE, MARGARET (Margaret Rivers Larminie)
Born 1886 in Jamaica, West Indies
Died March 31, 1964 In London, England
Married Robert Clayton Tragett on May 22, 1911 in Saint George's Church, Hanover Square, London; later divorced
Like Muriel Lucas and a number of other early sportswomen, Margaret Larminie was proficient at more than one sport, in her case lawn tennis and badminton. She had by far her greatest successes at the latter sport, winning the women's singles title at the All England Badminton Championships in 1911 and 1912 and, for the third and last time, sixteen years later in 1928.
In those days badminton tournaments were usually held during the winter and, because lawn tennis tournaments were then mostly held during the spring and summer months, players who took part in both types of tournament would change their rackets accordingly.
Margaret Larminie was also a talented writer and had three popular novels published under her maiden name: "Search", "Echo" and "Deep Rivers". Her husband, Robert Tragett, remarried in 1934, so he and Margaret divorced at some point.
Margaret Larminie Tragett
National Badminton Museum piece on her at:
[Thanks to Newmark for this biography]