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Edith Adela Bilgrami (Boardman)

Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Death: Hyderabad, India
Place of Burial: Hyderabad, India
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt John Walker Boardman and Caroline Boardman
Wife of Imad-ul-Mulk Syed Hussain Bilgrami
Sister of Eliza Boardman; Adeline Round; John Amelius; James Edwin Boardman; Amelia Elizabeth Boardman and 6 others

Managed by: Sri Zaheer
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About Edith Adela Bilgrami

Edith Boardman, M. D. (Brux.); L. S. A. 1890 Royal Free Hospital. Reg 1801 (Retired) & Hyderabad, D. Captain John Walker Boardman M. Nawab Syed Husain Bilgrami, C.S.I. Ed. London School of Medicine for Women Formerly Phys. and Surgeon, H.E.H. the Nizam's Service, Hyderabad

Publication: "Zorah" A Tale of Zenana Life*, published under the pseudonym Taj in the Methuen Colonial Series, London (1912). Here is a link to a digital version of the book http://hdl.handle.net/2027/osu.32435006130090 (Hit the right arrows on top to read the whole book)

Club: Lyceum, London. Address" Rocklands, Saifabad, Hyderabad

From: The Medical Who's Who

  • Believed to be the first novel written by an Indian woman

More, from Anvar Alikhan

Maj. General Edward BOARDMAN, born 1775, presumably in Pendleton/Eccles, to Giles BOARDMAN and Mary. He had a brother, John and a sister, Sarah.

He joined the Madras Army in 1790. He later commanded the Subsidiary Force in Hyderabad, posted in Bolarum, and he retired circa 1837. It is possible that as a young officer he fought in the Mysore Wars against Tippu Sultan, under the future Duke of Wellington

There is some confusion about where he died. According to one version, he is buried in Bolarum; according to another he died in England, where he went after retirement

He apparently had a liasion with an Eliza WALKER (described as an Indian consort) and had 2 children, Capt John Walker BOARDMAN and Mary Ann BOARDMAN.

He subsequently married Eliza Matilda HARDING in 1805 (one child Eliza Matilda Ann, b.1807, who married Robert Stanford). In 1837 he married Elizabeth (possibly BATE).

His son, Capt John Walker Boardman (1803-64) served in the Hyderabad army. He married Caroline O'LEARY in 1838 and apparently had 8 children:

§ Eliza Boardman (b 1838)

§ Adeline Boardman (b 1840) – married Capt W.R.Round

§ John Amelius Boardman (b 1841)

§ Capt James Edwin Boardman (b 1842)

§ Caroline Angela Boardman (b 1848) - married Ali bin Abdulla (father of Sir Abbas Ali Baig, and grandfather of Rashid Ali Baig)

§ Capt Walter Daniel Boardman (b1853)

§ Capt Osmond Henry Boardman (b 1856)

§ Edith Adela (b 1857) - married Nawab Imad-ul-Mulk

Edith Imad-ul-Mulk was the first woman to take her medical degree from the Hyderabad Medical School. She later got her MD from London. She was also apparently the first Indian woman to write a novel in English, titled ‘Zohra’. A copy of this is in a library in the US.

Edith Imad-ul-Mulk adopted her niece, Mrs Robert Scott Farnie, whose daughter Kathleen subsequently had two children, Robert Parker and Sheena Maslin, who currently live in England.

There was a W.Boardman living in Hyderabad until the mid 1940s. Apparently circa 1980 in Hyderabad, one of the Boardman clan (or off-shoots) who was on his death-bed, handed over a package to someone from England (believed to be related) containing information about the Boardmans and their ancestry in India.

Apparently there is still a John Boardman living in Hyderabad. However, according to my own sources there are no Boardmans or Farnies in Hyderabad today.

There is a branch of the Boardman family now in Australia (descendants of John Amelius Boardman, Edith’s older brother). I am in touch with one of that line, Conrad.

From Sri Zaheer (06/22/2009):

Through Geni, we find there seems to have been one more sister -- Susan Florence Hartle (nee Boardman), older than Edith, whose first daughter Lillian Gay, was born in 1870. Lillian's descendants include Sherna Sherry Dorairaj (nee Ghasvala) of Mumbai, who I am in touch with and who is on Geni (you can see her tree and see where it links with Edith Boardman).

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Edith Adela Bilgrami's Timeline

December 5, 1857
Andhra Pradesh, India
Hyderabad, India
Hyderabad, India