Lady Martha "Maud" Darwin

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Lady Martha "Maud" Darwin (du Puy)

Also Known As: "Maud"
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Philadelphia, PA, USA
Death: February 6, 1947 (85)
Newnham Grange, Cambridge, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Charles Meredith du Puy and Ellen Maria DuPuy
Wife of Sir George Howard Darwin, KCB FRS FRSE
Mother of Gwendolen Mary Raverat; Charles Galton Darwin; Margaret B. Keynes and William Robert R Darwin

Managed by: Carlos F. Bunge
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About Lady Martha "Maud" Darwin

Biographical notes


"She was born in 1861 in Pennsylvania, the daughter of Charles Meredith du Puy (1823- 1898), author of A Genealogical History of the DuPuy Family[4] and his wife Ellen Reynolds, daughter of John Reynolds, an English born clergyman and his wife Eleanor Evans. Her aunt, Caroline Lane Reynolds travelled to England in and married Richard Claverhouse Jebb. In turn, Maud visited her aunt in Cambridge.

She rejected twice the marriage proposals of Henry Martyn Taylor. However, while travelling in Italy, she met up with George Darwin, son of the naturalist Charles Darwin, and who had commenced his travels independently, although he was a member of her social circle and they became engaged there.

She married Darwin, in 1884 in Erie, Pennsylvania in an article lavishly described by The New York Times.[5] The Jebbs were able to join them.

In 1885 they bought Newnham Grange in Cambridge. They had five children:

Gwen Raverat (1885–1957), the artist. Charles Galton Darwin (1887–1962), the physicist. Margaret Elizabeth Darwin (1890–1974), who like her mother was the wife of a Cambridge don, Sir Geoffrey Keynes. William Robert Darwin (1894–1970), known as "Billy", a London stockbroker Leonard Darwin (b./d. 1899) She became Lady Darwin on her husband's knighthood in 1905; she was widowed in 1912. She died at Newnham Grange in 1947 and was given an obituary in The Times, which noted her campaigning for Women police officers. She was cremated at Cambridge Crematorium on February 10, 1947; her husband is buried in Trumpington Extension Cemetery in Cambridge with their daughter Gwen (Raverat); also baby son Leonard Darwin.

Her daughter Gwen's childhood memoir Period Piece contains Maud as a central maternal character, illustrated several times. It also describes her role as the wife of an Oxbridge don. Many of her letters were included in her aunt's biography. Her other daughter Lady Margaret Keynes, also wrote a book containing many references to Maud, this being principally a book about her home, Newnham Grange and its inhabitants.[6] A chapter in Frances Spalding's biography of Gwen Raverat also contains her life story.

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Lady Martha "Maud" Darwin's Timeline

Philadelphia, PA, USA
August 26, 1885
Age 23
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
December 18, 1887
Age 25
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK
Age 28
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, United Kingdom
Age 32
Marlbrough, Wiltshire
February 6, 1947
Age 85
Cambridge, UK