Lady Mary Impey nee Reade

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Mary Impey (Reade)

Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Death: February 20, 1818 (68)
Newick Park, near Lewes, East Sussex, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir John Reade 5th Bt and Harriet Barker
Wife of Sir Elijah Impey
Mother of Major Michael Impey; Elijah Barwell Impey; Hastings Impey; Edward Impey and Maria Affleck
Sister of Sir John Reade, 6th Baronet and Thomas Reade

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About Lady Mary Impey nee Reade

Lady Mary Impey

Mary Impey (2 March 1749 – 20 February 1818) was an English natural historian and patron of the arts in Bengal.

The wife of Elijah Impey, the Chief Justice of Bengal, she established a menagerie in Calcutta and commissioned Indian artists to paint the various creatures.

Born Mary Reade in Oxfordshire, she was the eldest of the three children of John and Harriet Reade.[1] In 1768, at Hammersmith parish church (Fulham North Side) then just outside London, she married a thirty-six-year-old barrister, Elijah Impey, and over the next five years bore him four children. In 1773, Elijah Impey was made chief justice of Fort William in Bengal and the couple moved to India, leaving the children with their father's brother in Hammersmith. In 1775, having settled in Fort William, Impey started a collection of native birds and animals on the extensive gardens of the estate, which had formerly been that of Henry Vansittart, governor of Bengal from 1760 to 1764.



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Lady Mary Impey nee Reade's Timeline

March 2, 1749
Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
January 22, 1770
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
August 6, 1779
Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Kolkata, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
February 25, 1785
Fulham, London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
February 20, 1818
Age 68
Newick Park, near Lewes, East Sussex, England