|Volume 1, page 4, sitting number 20.
No image accompanies this entry in the Silvy daybooks. The preceding two entries are her parents.
This is probably Miss Gertrude Ker Seymer, born in 1842, the daughter of politician Henry Ker Seymer (1807-1864), the Member of Parliament for the County of Dorset.
In 1864 Miss Gertrude Ker Seymer married Harry Ernest Clay (1833-1899), son of the the M.P. James Clay. Her husband adopted her surname and the couple became Mr and Mrs Clay-Ker-Seymer.
They appear on the 1871 census, visiting Mr Clay-Ker-Seymer's parents at 25, Montagu Square, London.
She was later a friend of Arthur Sulllivan, who often stayed at her home at Hanford in Dorset. It was there that he wrote the tune St. Gertrude, to which the hymn 'Onward Christian Soldiers' is usually sung, naming it in gratitude for her hospitality.
She appears on the 1901 census, a 58-year-old widow living at 178, Cromwell Road, London; she had four servants to look after her, including a married couple who were respectively her butler and lady's maid.
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