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Thursday, 10 May 2012

The Sins of the Mother: Jeffrey Archer's Mother Lola and her Two Illegitimate Children

The Sins of the Mother: Jeffrey Archer's Mother Lola and her Two Illegitimate Children
The mother of disgraced peer Jeffrey Archer has left the bulk of her estate to the son she believed could do no wrong.
In a move which has upset some family members, Lola Hayne left Archer far more than his brothers and sisters.

Mrs Hayne, whose death aged 87 in July temporarily halted the millionaire novelist's perjury trial, made several small bequests.
But most of the £126,981 in her will goes to Archer, who is currently serving a four-year prison sentence, having been convicted when the trial resumed.
Mrs Hayne's daughter Wendy received £7,000 in the will and her son David, who was christened Jeffrey Archer but later took the name David Brown, was left £5,000. 
Both children were born out of wedlock and given up for adoption but later reunited with their mother.
The will also leaves £7,000 to Archer's black adopted sister, Elizabeth Fullerton, who later worked for the peer as a nanny. Mrs Hayne's 'dear doctor', David Green, received £10,000.
A friend of Mr Brown and his wife June said: 'They are very upset that she makes out they were merely her bridge partners, when they also contributed to her nursing care arrangements in her latter years. They feel upset about the way she was more generous to her other non-blood children and even to her doctor.'
Mrs Hayne died in an Essex nursing home as the judge in the case against Archer was summing up. In her will, published last week, she leaves £70,000 in cash to Archer, her jewellery to his wife Mary and £2,000 each for their sons, William and James.
The bequests to her children reflect three-times married Mrs Hayne's complicated personal life. Lord Archer was born a year after his mother wed William Archer, who was 63, when she was just 26. She had already given up the two illegitimate children and later adopted Elizabeth.

Lola Cook was born in 1913, just a year before the start of the First World WarShe won a scholarship to a private school in Bristol and married Archer's father William in 1939, when he was 63 and she was 26.

He fathered Jeffrey at the age of 64. But at 17 Lola had given birth to an illegitimate daughter, Wendy, who was adopted. 
Four years later, she had a second child, this time by William, whom she called Jeffrey. But this son was also given up for adoption, four years later.

When the second Jeffrey arrived in 1940, Lola was overjoyed at having a legitimate child she could keep and doted on him. She coped with difficult circumstances in Jeffrey's early years, being always short of money and having a husband who was virtually retired and often absent. Despite insisting that her boy should do chores around the house, she was guilty of spoiling her son at times.

Michael Crick, author of an unofficial biography of Lord Archer, suggests that Lola was perhaps racked with the memory of her first two children and determined to do her best by Jeffrey.

Three husbands

Lord Archer's father died in 1956. Lola re-married twice, and outlived both her new husbands. The last one, Samuel Hayne, died in 1993. In 1999, another daughter came to light - this time one that his mother had adopted into the family.When Archer was campaigning to become mayor of London his adopted sister was revealed to be black. Lola had adopted Elizabeth Tremaine in the 1950s, but the move only came to public attention when her politician brother was trying to prove to potential voters that he was not racially prejudiced.
Ms Tremaine, 52, who moved to New York to work as a drug rehabilitation counsellor, was an integral part of the Archer family and was a bridesmaid at his wedding.

But Lola's health deteriorated in the 1990s. After that scare, he moved her from the West Country to a nursing home nearer his own house in Cambridgeshire. She lived out her days at Highfield Nursing Home in Saffron Walden where she died on 11 July after suffering a stroke.

The Sins of the Father: Jeffrey Archer

(Exodus 20:5) - "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,"
(Deuteronomy 5:9) - "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, and on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me,"
(Exodus 34:6-7) - "Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."
(1 Cor. 15:22) - "For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive."

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