THE daughter of a Parsee shipping magnate and born in Bombay, Mehroo Jehangir spent most of her life in Harrogate where she inherited the mantle of her mother, Lady Bomanji, affectionately known as “Lady Harrogate”.
She never revealed her age but was in her 90s when she died, her elder brother, Phili, and younger brother, Sohrab, having predeceased her.
Socially active to the end, and strong-willed and determined, she gave a dinner party for 14 to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.
Her father, Sir Dhunjibhoy, had houses in Bombay, Windsor and Harrogate, spending three months of the year in Windsor, three months in Harrogate and six in India.
Mrs Jehangir was educated in India and at Birklands and Walden Heath schools.
Sir Dhunjibhoy died before the War.
The family was in London when war was declared.
Despite the threat of invasion, the air raids and deprivations brought by war, Lady Bomanji resolved to remain in the country to which she had become exceptionally devoted, and she went to the house in Harrogate .
Mrs Jehangir’s husband was killed in an air raid in London, and she and her mother would spend the rest of their lives in Harrogate, becoming deeply embedded in many aspects of its life.
In India before the war, at Bomanji Hall, the family home with a theatre that could seat 100, Mrs Jehangir would take part in the staged entertainments when dinner parties were held. A renowned beauty, she was a talented dancer, and her acutely-observed impersonations of friends and relations had guests in fits of laughter.
But in Harrogate she devoted herself to supporting her mother. And after Lady Bomanji died, she took over many of her roles.
Among many other things, she became a patron of the Women of the North; vice president of the Harrogate Festival of Arts and Sciences, president of the Harrogate Friendship Club and president of the Friends of Harrogate.
President of the Harrogate branch of St John Ambulance, she was decorated by the organisation at its London headquarters in 1988.