Ellen Frances Lubbock


Daughter of the Rev. Peter Hordern of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Lancashire. Married John Lubbock in 1856.

Sources: Burke’s peerage 1970Census returns of England and Wales 1861 (The National Archives: Public Record Office RG9/462: 75) (See the bibliography for full references to sources)

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Ellen Frances Lubbock (1834/5-1879) was the daughter of Peter Hordern, clergyman of Chorlton-cum-Hardy in Lancashire. She married banker, politician, and naturalist John Lubbock in 1856 and they lived near Charles Darwin in Kent, England until 1861. Ellen was a highly involved a scientific wife: she served as her husband’s secretary, editor, and observer. She arranged and attended meetings for her husband and was politically engaged. She shared her own scientific observations and relevant readings with Darwin.


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Primary Sources:

Darwin Correspondence Database, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/entry-3368

Darwin Correspondence Database, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/entry-4603

Darwin Correspondence Database, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/entry-5204

Darwin Correspondence Database, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/entry-4728

Darwin Correspondence Database, http://www.darwinproject.ac.uk/entry-7065

Lubbock, E. F. (1875). Supplement to harvesting ants and TrapDoor spiders. The Academy, 1869-1902, 0269-333X, (141), 67-68. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/docview/6669859?accountid=11311