As mentioned before Mikael Pedersen was first married to Laura but there were no children and the marriage soon broke up. Whether he was actually married to Dagmar is not certain, but she followed him to England, where she appeared as his wife and secretary. It was Dagmar who received visitors when Mikael was away on business, as he was often in connection with Cream-separator and bicycle production. Dagmar was of quite a different personality, however, just the opposite to Mikael Pedersen. She kept mostly to herself in the big house and didn't mix with the local people who found her rather too refined and as a result she wasn't very popular with them.

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Raglan House was fitted out with large Victorian leather and other heavy furniture, and Mikael Pedersen often brought home musical instruments and models of his endless inventions, and laid them about all over the house.

This behaviour didn't please Dagmar but she did take part in many of the musical evenings, that Mikael Pedersen arranged at the house for the entertainment of the towns finer folk. Mikael Pedersen had at some time acquired a large collection of medical instruments and inventory form the famous English doctor Jenner, it had been given to him as deposit by a man who owed him money. At some later date he was asked, by a group of people who were about to establish a Jenner museum, if they could send a man to buy the collection. This man wrote in his report to the medical museum, concerning his meeting with Mikael Pedersen. "I came into a large room full of carved furniture with a huge crystal chandelier hanging form the selling, and with swords and other weaponry covering all the walls. There were musical instruments all over the place, and all kinds of strange things, machines, and models of inventions hidden behind all the furniture. Then this remarkable, wily Dane entered the room, a tall dark man with a mop of hair and full beard." and the report continues to explain that Mikael Pedersen would only sell the Jenner collection for a very high price.

One can only guess as to Mikael Pedersen and Dagmar's relationship, it had probably not been very good and there were no children. Dagmar finally disappeared from Dursley after claiming a large sum of money form Mikael Pedersen, and nothing is known of what became of her. About 1906 Mikael Pedersen turned up with another woman, Ingeborg.

Mikael Pedersen visited Denmark several times and often visited his brother, Hans Mathias, a musical director in Stege-Lendemark. Hans Mathias led the local orchestra together with the editor of the district newspaper, "Møens Folkeblad", Jens Kristoffer Jensen. Mikael Pedersen played in the orchestra during his visits and was often at the newspaper office. It was here he met Ingeborg, 29 years his junior, with whom he fell in love at first sight.

In 1907 Ingeborg went to Dursley and moved into Raglan House, where she gave birth to their first child, a boy in 1908. He was christened Palnatoke, (hero of a Danish saga) an expression of Mikael Pedersen's sense of humour. Ingeborg gave birth to a daughter, (who died at two years old), and two years later another son, Vaughan, who was the one that came to see me in Lyngby in 1975. The youngest son Svend was born in 1914. The three children at Raglan House and Ingeborg, who was quite different to Dagmar, created a new life for Mikael Pedersen.

Ingeborg soon fell in with the local people, extrovert and kind person that she was. Mikael Pedersen and Ingeborg were quite well to do and of course had nurses for the children and other help in the house. All later correspondence to Ingeborg, when Mikael Pedersen was ill and drinking heavily, shows how popular she was. During the first World War she worked in a ammunition factory in Bristol, 25 miles away, at the same time writing articles about war conditions in England and sending these to her old employer the "Møens Folkeblad" in Denmark.

Mikael Pedersen spent some time in the homeguard, and thought out various improvements to military equipment. The special cartridge bandolier, the military bicycle that could fold together, even a high speed cannon it is said, could shoot so fast that it couldn't be loaded fast enough!

At this time Mikael Pedersen had little time for family life, the musical evenings ceased and of course the age difference between Mikael Pedersen and Ingeborg became more apparent. He was now 60 and she only 31, and there were often differences on family life when he occasionally was at home.