Rupert Potter (c.1833 - 1914)

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Birthplace: Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
Death: Died
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About Rupert Potter

Rupert Potter, father of famous author Beatrix Potter, was born in 1833 at Manchester, Lancashire, England, the son of Edmund Potter and Jessie Crompton. He was a Unitarian, a practising barrister and an amateur photographer. He married Helen Leech, daughter of John Leech and Jane Ashton, in 1863 at Stockport, Cheshire, England. He died in 1914.


Children of Rupert Potter and Helen Leech:

  1. Helen Beatrix Potter b. 28 Jul 1866, d. 22 Dec 1943
  2. Walter Bertram Potter b. 1872, d. 1918


  • Under English law, a solicitor prepares legal documents and cases and a barrister appears in court. In the U.S., an attorney can do both.


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Rupert Potter's Timeline

Manchester, Lancashire, England, UK
July 28, 1866
Age 33
South Kensington, England, London, UK
August, 1871
- October, 1871
Age 38
Strath Tay, Perthshire, Scotland, UK

"Dalguise House, a rather stark estate with beautifully landscaped gardens, was begun in 1714 and enlarged in the early nineteenth century, making it more suitable for holiday entertaining. The Laird of Dalguise, John Steuart, although an absentee owner, kept the estate well stocked with game and its many outbuildings in good condition with capable managers. The summer of 1871 was the beginning of a decade of summers Beatrix spent at Dalguise - a place which immediately became home to her heart. The Scottish landscape provided a feast for her eye, nourishment for her imagination and freedom for her spirit. It was this landscape against which she would compare all others, and upon which she would base her aesthetic value of nature." - Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature, Linda Lear, p. 27.

March 14, 1872
Age 39
London, England, UK
March 14, 1872
Age 39
South Kensington, London, England, UK

Beatrix's brother, Bertie, six years her junior, was one of the most beloved people in her life.

Age 49
Claife, Cumbria, England, UK

At Wray Castle in the Lake District. Beatrix meets Hardwicke Rawnsley, one of the three founders of the National Trust.

Age 81
Hyde, Greater Manchester, England, United Kingdom