BETHUNE-BAKER, Edith

1862 - 1949

Edith Bethune-Baker

As Edith Hannah Jordan, she was born at Birmingham on 29 November 1862, second daughter of Thomas Furneaux Jordan (1830-7 July 1911), an eminent surgeon, and his wife Elizabeth née Swan, who married at Birmingham on 28 December 1857. In 1881, Edith was 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 St Stephen's Church, Selly Hill, Kings Norton, Birmingham on 7 July 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. Edith was a keen suffragette and a member of the National Union of Societies for Equal Citizenship. 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 magistrates [J.P.] being elected in 1920. In 1939, living at 7 Chaucer Road, Trumpington, Cambridge with her husband and two servants. Edith Hannah Bethune-Baker died at 7 Chaucer Road on 30 October 1949.