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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Ellen Eyre Cornish

Author: Ellen Eyre Cornish (1835–1872)

Alternate Name(s): Turquand (married name)

Biography: Ellen Eyre Cornish was born in 1835 in Ottery St. Mary, the daughter of clergyman Sidney William Cornish and his wife Jane (née Kingdon). At a young age, she published fiction and poetry and contributed to Once a Week. In 1857, she married clergyman Alexander Peter Turquand who eventually took over her father's position as vicar of Ottery St. Mary. After a long illness, she died in 1872 in Ottery St. Mary. An obituary remarks, "Her many deeds of kindness have made her name a household word among the poor whom she has so greatly benefitted."

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References: British Census (1861, 1871); Burke; Western Times (29 June 1872)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Everley: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Joseph Masters, 1855.
  2. Northwode Priory: A Tale.  2 vol.  London: Joseph Masters, 1857.
  3. The Home at Heatherbrae: A Tale.  1 vol.  London: Longman, 1871.