Monthly Archives: August 2017

Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: Wife, mother, and widow

< Back to Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: A Eurasian in England. Writing about the lives of women in times gone by can be a challenge, thanks to the lack of records and other traces of them (compared with those which tend to survive in respect of men). Such is the case with Mary Atcherley, née Rennell []. Something of a shadowy figure… Read more »

Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: A Eurasian in England

< Back to Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: Putting the geographer’s daughter on the map I have far more questions about the life of Mary Atcherley, née Rennell (1770–1842) [], than I have answers. What education did she receive, and where did she receive it? When did she come to England, her father’s native land, from British India, the place of her… Read more »

Mary Atcherley, née Rennell: Putting the geographer’s daughter on the map

“DEATHS. […] At Bridgnorth, in her 67th year, Mrs. Atcherley, widow of the Rev. Roger Atcherley, Vicar of Much-Wenlock, and daughter of the late highly distinguished geographer, Major Rennell.” – The Gentleman’s Magazine, April 1842. The “highly distinguished geographer” Major James Rennell (1742–1830; pictured right) [] was a man of extraordinary talents. He was an expert surveyor and researcher who produced… Read more »