Amye Robsart and the Earl of Leycester and a History of Kenilworth Castle - Lucy Julia Cartwright

Lucy Julia Cartwright

Biography

Lucy Julia Cartwright (1854-1932)

Lucy Julia Cartwright was born on 11 October 1854 in London, Middlesex, England, to parents Colonel Henry Cartwright and Jane née Holbech Cartwright. They married on 15 December 1853 in Farnborough, Warwickshire, England.

Lucy’s father had joined the army as an ensign in the Grenadier Guards, (foot guards) on 26 July 1832. He rose to rank of Captain on 2 October 1846 and Colonel on 20 June 1854. He retired from the military in 1857. He would also become the MP (Conservative) for Northamptonshire from 20 February 1858 to 17 November 1868. Lucy’s grandfather, (Henry’s father) Lt. Colonel William Ralph Cartwright was also an MP of Aynho.

In 1855, Lucy’s younger brother Henry William was born, sadly he did not live past 7 days. A couple of years later, Lucy’s sister Maud was born in 1857. Then in the next few years Lucy’s three younger brothers were born, Henry Aubrey (1858-1945) who followed in his family’s footsteps in the military and became a Lt. Colonel, Edward Arthur (1860-1925), and William Digby (1866-1926). Edward and William both became Reverends.

Lucy’s family was rather wealthy and in the England census’, they had many servants, nurses, butlers, etc. over the years. In 1861, Lucy, Maud, Edward and Henry were living in Little Kineton with seven servants, an upper, wet, and under nurse, house and kitchen maids, a groom, and a butler. In 1871, Lucy, Maud, and Henry Aubry, were living with their father, Henry, in Eydon Hall in Northamptonshire, with twelve servants. Younger brothers Edward and William were living with their mother, Jane, on 20 Marina Street, St. Leonard’s.

Throughout her younger years Lucy and Maud lived strictly with their father in Northamptonshire but her brothers would come and go between their father and mother. Although, sadly on 29 December 1877, their mother, Jane Holbech Cartwright, passed away.

In 1881, Lucy, her father, Maud, and Edward were living at The Hall on Main Street, this time with thirteen servants, and William was a scholar and boarding at Eton.

In July of 1890, Lucy’s father Colonel Henry Cartwright passed away.

After Lucy’s father passed, she was living on her own with three servants on 45 Leamington Road in Southam. She had never married and she was living by her own means. By 1911, she was living in The Abbey with servants, Maria Cartwright, a house/parlour maid, Sarah Annie Tarran, the cook, and Mary Gulliver, a between maid.

Lucy Julia Cartwright died on 21 May 1932, she was 78 years old. She would leave all her belongings to her younger brother Henry William Cartwright, her only surviving sibling.

In the UPEI’s Provenance Collection, the book, Amye Robsart, The Earl of Leycester and Kenilworth by George Adlard has Lucy’s bookplate on the inside cover page. The bookplate reads “Lucy Julia Cartwright, The Abbey, Southam 1906”. The year 1906 was handwritten.


Sources:

Warwickshire Anglican Registers. Warwick, England: Warwickshire County Record Office.

General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office. © Crown copyright. Published by permission of the Controller of HMSO and the Office for National Statistics.

Board of Guardian Records, 1834-1906 and Church of England Parish Registers, 1813-2003. London Metropolitan Archives, London.

1861 Census Returns of England and Wales. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1861. Data imaged from The National Archives, London, England.

1871 Census Returns of England and Wales. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1871. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England.

1881 Census Returns of England and Wales. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1881.

1901 Census Returns of England and Wales. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives, 1901. Data imaged from the National Archives, London, England.

1911 Census Returns of England and Wales. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA), 1911.

Principal Probate Registry. Calendar of the Grants of Probate and Letters of Administration made in the Probate Registries of the High Court of Justice in England. London, England © Crown copyright.

Clark, Rupert. A Military History of Aynho.

Colonel Henry Cartwright Profile, Former MP for Northamptonshire Southern. TheyWorkForyou.

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