|Volume 6, page 240, sitting number 7830.
A piece of paper paster into the album below the portrait has been signed 'Annie Heywood'. The Silvy daybooks identify her as 'Mrs James Heywood' and the portrait opposite hers in the album is of her husband, James Heywood.
Born Anne Kennedy in or about 1819, the daughter of John Kennedy of Ardwick Hall in Lancashire, she married firstly Gustav Albert Escher of Zürich. Her first husband having died, she married secondly on 11 June 1853 at Chorlton in Lancashire James Heywood (1810-1897), a Fellow of the Royal Society and from 1847 to 1857 the Member of Parliament for North Lancashire. They had one daughter, Anne Sophia, born in Pimlico in 1855.
Mr and Mrs Heywood appear on the 1861 census, living at 26 Palace Gardens in Kensington. James Heywood described himself as ‘Funderholder, JP and MP.’ Also present on the night of the census were their daughter, Anne Sophia, and Mrs Heywood daughter by her first marriage, Mary Olga Escher, born in Switzerland in or about 1844.
According the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the university reformer and philanthropist James Heywood was resident in Kensington from 1859, where he was ‘active in the Notting Hill Unitarian congregation. He was an early promoter of the free public library movement, speaking in favour of the Public Libraries Act in 1850 and maintaining at his own expense a public library in Notting Hill High Street from 1874 until 1887 when he donated it to the parish of Kensington and Chelsea. He was a founder member in 1875 of the Sunday Society to promote the opening of museums, art galleries, and public libraries on Sundays.’
Mrs Annie Heywood died in Kensington in the September ¼ of 1872.
The carte comes from an album that was probably compiled by Margaret Tootal. Various inscriptions in the album suggest she was the daughter of James and Jane Kennedy, and sister of Eliza Banff, only I can't find a Margaret Tootal on any census.
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