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Muriel’s father, Henry St Clare Byrne, is described as being a 'Naval Architect’s Assistant and Bookkeeper'. However, judging by what Muriel has said in interviews, Henry was more inclined to enjoy his father’s wealth in order to avoid work and to spend his days playing golf and his nights playing bridge!
Muriel’s mother was Artemisia Desdemona Byrne (formerly Bwitner). She was an American by birth. According to Muriel she was “a schoolteacher in rural Iowa - used to shake the snow off her quilt, harness the horse and drive five miles to school”! She met Henry St Clare Byrne whilst picnicking in the Rocky Mountains. They married and came to live in England.