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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Rebecca Raboteau Torpy

Author: Rebecca Raboteau Torpy (1810–1900)

Alternate Name(s): Rebecca Raboteau (pseudonym); Smythe (maiden name)

Biography: Rebecca Raboteau Torpy was born around 1810 in Ireland, the daughter of James Smythe and Abigail D'Arcy. Her maternal family was descended from French Huguenots. In 1849, she married the Rev. Lorenzo Torpy in Aberdeen. Her husband was a Irish Catholic monk who turned Protestant. He would go on to be the Vicar of Galtrim, near Summerhill. While living there, Torpy wrote her only work of fiction as "Rebecca Raboteau." Thereafter her life cannot be traced. Lorenzo served a parish in England for a time separated from his wife. She died on 25 May 1900 in Dublin and he followed a year later.

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References: D. C. A. Agnew, Protestant Exiles form France (1871); British Census (1881); Probate

Fiction Titles:

  1. Grace Leigh of Darlington: An Old Woman's Story.  1 vol.  London: Darton and Co., 1862.