Scrapbook of an Edwardian Lady

My great great aunt Agnes Selina Fox was the daughter of the civil engineer Sir (Charles) Douglas Fox and Mary (née Wright), daughter of Francis Wright of Osmaston Manor and granddaughter of Sir Henry FitzHerbert, 3rd Bt. The picture above is of Agnes and her parents in 1919 attending the Royal Garden Party, which is just one of the interesting items I found in her scrapbook.

I’m not exactly sure when she was born but probably sometime time in the 1870s. Unlike her siblings Francis, Mary, Judith and Lucy (my great grandmother) she never married. It appears as it she had her own means, so maybe she didn’t want to or never met right the person, and she doesn’t seem to have had a companion either.

What’s more interesting is that scrapbook is window into the world of an Edwardian Lady. There’s lot of hand tinted photos of family and friends with quotes from Browning, Tennyson, Shakespeare et al. Many of the people included are difficult to track down despite, and if I can find them at all then it’s usually on family history pages of genealogy message boards. There a few including her own family who appear on the likes of The Peerage and other sites that feature the aristocracy, but mostly as families that marry into them.

Agnes traveled widely, including America, Australia and the Far East. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 1913. Many of the people featured in her scrapbook are those who she met on her travels or her regular trips to Grindelwald in the alps. Most of the men seemed to have been either officers and gentlemen, many of whom were either decorated or died in WW1.

Apart from the family connection and social history interest, she also seems to have known or possibly sponsored Ernest Shackleton and there’s quite a bit of correspondence from him and the crew of the Nimrod. Her scrapbook has also been a great help piecing the various branches of the Fox family together which I’ve been posting on The Peerage site discussion forum. I’ve started to add the people I’ve found in the scrapbook as I thought it might be of interest to anyone researching these families. Hope you enjoy this as much as I am doing, and you can see my work in progress here.


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