Titanic survivor, boat 1, 1st class
Sir Cosmo Edmund Duff-Gordon 5th Baronet was born on July 22, 1862, the son of Cosmo Lewis Duff-Gordon and the former Anna Maria Antrobus.
Cosmo Duff Gordon was the fifth Baronet of Halkin, his title stemming from a royal licence conferred on his great uncle in 1813 in recognition of his aid to the Crown during the Peninsular War. His family is known for their fine wines. He is known for his conduct during the sinking of the Titanic. 
Cosmo married Lucy Christiana Sutherland, then Mrs. James Stewart Wallace, on May 24, 1900 in Venice, Italy. She was a divorcee with a sister famous for writing erotica. She was known for her very successful fashion house, "Lucille's". Cosmo was known as a fencer, representing Great Britain at the 1906 Summer Olympics, winning silver in the team épée event. 
Cosmo and his wife were on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with ticket 11755. Sir Cosmo occupied cabin A-16 and Lady Duff-Gordon cabin A-20. For some reason the Duff-Gordons signed onto the ship as Mr and Mrs Morgan.
Cosmo's survival of the sinking of the Titanic is attributed to his boarding a life boat with his wife. Fireman Robert Pusey complained to Duff-Gordon that they had lost all their belongings (their 'kit) 'and that, in all probability, their pay would end when the ship sank, so the wealthy passenger offered all the men five pounds on their return. This was a pledge he would honour on board the Carpathia. Later Sir Cosmo would appear before a packed British Inquiry to defend himself against the accusation that he had bribed the men to secure his escape from the Titanic and that they were thus encouraged not to return to the scene of the sinking to rescue swimmers. They were in a life boat of only 12 people, 7 of whom were crew members, with a capacity of 40. 
Cosmo said there were no women and children waiting to board the boat and there was a witness to support this. The accusations of bribery were declared unfounded. The Board of Trade Inquiry into the sinking did mention that had the boat been rowed toward the drowning people instead of away from them, they might have been saved.
Cosmo Gordon died 20 April 1931 of natural causes. He is buried at Brook wood Cemetery, near Woking, Surrey. 
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