Billington, Rachel

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Billington, Rachel Gender: F
Rachel Mary Pakenham
born on 11 May 1942 at 18:10 (= 6:10 PM )
Place Oxford, England, 51n46, 1w15
Timezone BDST h2e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 20°19' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 10°15 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 14°05'

Rachel Billington (with Kevin Billington, 1968)


British author, appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2012 New Year Honours for her services to literature.

She is the third daughter of the 7th Earl and Countess of Longford; both parents were writers, as was her aunt, Christine Longford.

She has published twenty-one novels for adults, including the bestsellers A Woman's Age and Bodily Harm. Her novel Glory (2015) describes the First World War Gallipoli campaign through the eyes of the participants and their wives and girlfriends at home. She has also written six children's novels, six religious books for children and three non-fiction books, including The Great Umbilical, about mothers and daughters.

She has written plays for BBC Television's Play for Today series (Don't Be Silly and Life After Death), and several radio plays, and has contributed to film scripts including The Light at the Edge of the World (1971). Billington has also written and continues to write journalism for newspapers in both the UK and the US, including a three-year stint as columnist for The Sunday Telegraph.

Billington is married to the film, theatre and television director Kevin Billington. They have four children and live in London and in the oldest continuously inhabited house in Dorset.

She is the godmother of prime minister Boris Johnson.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • other kin relationship with Johnson, Boris (born 19 June 1964). Notes: Godkin

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from The Pebbled Shore: The Memoirs of Elizabeth Longford by Elizabeth Longford (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1986), page 211: "As I expected and hoped, a girl, Rachel, was born at 6.10 p.m. on 11 May 1942. She arrived in a hurry before my doctor or midwife got there, but the district nurse gave me the gas-and-air machine."


  • Family : Childhood : Advantaged
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Parenting : Kids more than 3 (Four)
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Public Service (OBE)