Mary Benson (née Sidgwick; 1841 - 1918) was an English hostess of the Victorian era. She was the wife of Revd. Edward Benson, who during their marriage became Archbishop of Canterbury, i.e. chief bishop of the Church of England and of the world-wide Anglican communion. She was described by Gladstone, the British Prime Minister, as the 'cleverest woman in Europe'. Lovers: Charlotte Basset, Tan Mylne, Ethyl Smith, Lucy Tait.