1862 - 1949

Edith Bethune-Baker

As Edith Jordan, she was born at Birmingham on 29 November 1862, daughter of Thomas Furneaux Jordan (1830-1911), an eminent surgeon, and his wife Elizabeth née Swan, who married at Birmingham in 1857. In 1881, an 18 year old, living at Selly Park, Northfield, Kings Norton with her parents, 50 year old Furneaux and 45 year old Elizabeth, with five siblings, Alice F. 19, Bertram 17, William Little 16, John 15 and Margaret 13, all born in Birmingham. Edith married at Kings Norton, Birmingham in 1891, Revd James Franklin Bethune-Baker FBA (23 August 186113 January 1951), who was Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge from 1891 and a Fellow of Pembroke College for sixty years. A keen suffragette and a member of the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship, Edith was a member of the Ipswich Art Club from 6 Richmond Road, Cambridge 1894-1897 but does not seem to have exhibited. A welfare campaigner, in 1901 a 38 year old living at 5 Benet Place, Cambridge with her 39 year old husband with their 6 year old son Arthur, who was born at Cambridge and she was one of Cambridge's first woman magistrate [J.P.] being elected in 1920. In 1939, living at 7 Chaucer Road, Trumpington, Cambridge with her husband and two servants and she died at 7 Chaucer Road on 30 October 1949.