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Jannet (Jessie) Brodie


Scottish children’s nurse. Cared for the children of William Makepeace Thackeray, and for the Darwin children at 12 Upper Gower Street and Down House, 1842–51. Retired to Portsoy, Scotland, in 1851, after Annie Darwin’s death.


Emma Darwin (1915) 2: 86

Freeman 1978

ODNB s.v. Thackeray, William Makepeace

Scotland old parish registers births 153/00 0030 0135 Fordyce (, accessed 29 January 2015)


Emma Darwin (1915): Emma Darwin: a century of family letters, 1792–1896. Edited by Henrietta Litchfield. 2 vols. London: John Murray. 1915.

Freeman, Richard Broke. 1978. Charles Darwin: a companion. Folkestone, Kent: William Dawson & Sons. Hamden, Conn.: Archon Books, Shoe String Press.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.