Margaret Eliot

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Margaret Eliot
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Born Margaret Augusta Eliot
(1914-02-26)26 February 1914[1]
St Pancras, London
Died 27 February 2011(2011-02-27) (aged 97) [2]
Occupation Professor of Oboe
Spouse(s) Richard Asher
Children Peter Asher
Jane Asher
Clare Asher
Parent(s) Edward Granville Eliot
Clare Louisa Phelips

Margaret Augusta Eliot (26 February 1914 – 27 February 2011) was an English music teacher and musician. She was a professor of oboe at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and her best-known student was George Martin; in 2011, just before her death at age 97, she appeared in the documentary film Produced by George Martin.

Eliot was an also honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music.


Margaret Eliot was born to Hon. Edward Granville Eliot (1878–1958) - a younger brother of both 7th and 8th Earls of St Germans - and his wife Clare Louise née Phelips (1883–1927). She was a great granddaughter of Edward Granville Eliot, 3rd Earl of St Germans (1798–1877).

On 27 July 1943,[3] she married Dr Richard Asher (1912–1969); the couple had three children:

  1. Peter Asher (born 1944), who was one half of the pop duo Peter & Gordon and successful music producer;
  2. Jane Asher (born 1946), the film and TV actress, novelist
  3. Clare Asher (born 1948), the radio actress.


  1. GRO Register of Births: MAR 1914 1b 161(?) PANCRAS, Margaret A. Eliot, mmn = Phelips
  3. GRO Register of Marriages: SEP 1943 1b 4 PANCRAS - Richard Asher = Margaret Eliot