Christina Elizabeth Tytler

Who needs Jane Austen's novels, when you have Christina travelling with her four sisters from Edinburgh to the house of her aunt Mrs Carr near Leeds, with its scientific garden where peaches grew, and its literary conversation, and falling in love with a Lieutenant in the Life Guards?

Lived
c.1794 - 11 July 1827. She died aged 33 at Auxerre, France.
Origin
Edinburgh
Father
Lieutenant-Colonel Patrick Tytler, second son of William Tytler Esq of Woodhouselee.
Mother
Isabella Erskine, d.1827, daughter of Honourable James Erskine of Alva, senator of the College of Justice.
Chapel connection
Baptisms 1815, 1818.
Married on
3 August 1814 in St Peter's Church, Leeds. Christina's aunt Jean Erskine had married John Carr, a clothier who lived at St Anne's, Leeds. The Carrs and the Tytlers appear to have been close: in 1813 when Christina's 16-year-old brother James died in Carlisle, the Leeds press announced his death as 'nephew to Mr Carr.' (2) The Carrs' house was lively and stimulating, a favourite resort of their 'young friends'. in 1817 Mr Carr published a paper 'on the management of fruit trees on the walls of the garden at St Anne's, near Leeds, and particularly on the retardation of blossom', recommending that branches be detached from the walls in autumn, and wedged forward, only refixed in the shelter of the wall in late spring (3) His wife was,
Gifted by nature with a vigorous intellect, and habituated by her father to a constant use of it, she acquired an uncommon fund of knowledge, and a great literary taste in early life; and her views and opinions being enlarged by regular intercourse with the best society of Edinburgh, her powers of conversation were such as are seldom met with in either sex. These qualifications rendered her society peculiarly acceptable and improving to the rising generation... But, though eminently distinguished for the accomplishments of her mind, it was for the solid qualities that adorn the heart that she was admired and beloved by those who knew her intimately... Her amusements were chiefly literary persuits, and the cultivation of her garden (which was remarked throughout the neighbouring country for its beauty and scientific arrangement), and the improvement of one or two young friends who generally resided with her.' (4)
Mrs Carr died in 1816 after a long illness.
Spouse
Wilkins George Terry
Children
Isabella Erskine (1815, m. Edwin Champion Ireland), James Erskine Tytler (1818), Jane Carr Terry (1816?-1885, m.1844 Royal Naval surgeon William Bateman. She was author of The Netherwoods of Otterpool (1858); Who is to Have It? (1859); Forgiveness (1860), a love story set amid the colonial life of Sierra Leone; The Two Families; or, The Power of Religion (1864), a didactic novel; and Ierne of Armorica: A Tale of the Time of Chlovis (1873), an historical novel (6)), Christina Isabella Terry (c.1826-1906, m.1860 Danish ship broker Christian Henrich Jung) (5)
Related to
Isabella Clementina Tytler, sister, William Fraser Tytler, first cousin.
Further research
Letters of Patrick Tytler and family in the Erskine Murray Papers, National Library of Scotland, GB233/MS.5070-5138 (details)

Sources

  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Leeds Mercury, 4 December 1813
  3. John Claudius Loudon, An Encyclopedia of Gardening (London, Longman and Co, 1822) p.805, 1290
  4. Gentleman's Magazine vol.120 (1816) p.380
  5. Steve, 'John Yunge-Bateman' in Bear Alley blog, accessed 10 January 2012

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