Virginia Lavinia Isitt

1837–88

Teacher. Governess to the children of Emily Jesse, Alfred Tennyson’s sister. Studied for the French State Certificate in teaching at the Convent College in Arras, France, 1862–4. First headmistress of the Port Elizabeth Collegiate School for girls, in South Africa, 1874–86.

Sources: Dr Paul Newbury, personal informationletter from Emma Darwin to V. L. Isitt, [before 17 September 1871]. (See the bibliography for full references to sources)