One of the prevailing stories of the Gilded Age was the marriage of wealthy American heiresses to titled Europeans. These transatlantic marriages brought millions of dollars of American money into Europe, primarily England, and gave newly rich American families the opportunity to boast of a connection to royalty and perhaps include a countess in the family. The Mills family fit perfectly into this trend when Beatrice, one of Ruth and Ogden's twin daughters, married Bernard Arthur William Patrick Hastings Forbes, the 8th Earl of Granard. Originally from Ireland, Lord Granard was Lord-in-Waiting to Edward VII from 1905-1907, Master of the Horse to both Edward VII and George V, and served as a member of Seanad Eireann for twelve years. His eldest son, Arthur, succeeded him as Earl when he passed away in 1948.
|Countess (Beatrice Mills) and Bernard Forbes, 8th Earl of Granard, married in 1909|