Kate (Katharine Faraday Boyd 1879 – 1961) was born in 1879 so she was 15 when she started her diary. She is my Great Great Aunt.
Alys Faraday Embleton née Boyd (1884 – 1967). Kate’s little sister.
Edward – Edward Boyd (1877 – 1946) Kate’s older brother.
Lucy Reid Faraday (Mother) (1851 – 1900) – Kate’s mother.
Wade – (Caroline A Wade 1856 – ?) Always known as “Wadey” – Much loved and devoted family nanny who stayed with the family all her life.
Minnie Osborne (1876 – ?) – family household maid
Doz – Dorothy “Dolly” Barnard (1878 – 1949), younger daughter of Fred and Alys (Lucy’s sister) Barnard, painted by John Singer Sargent – 1st cousin of Kate.
Poz – Marion (“known as Polly”) Barnard (1874 – 1946), Dorothy’s older sister, daughter of Fred and Alys (Lucy’s sister) Barnard, painted by John Singer Sargent – 1st cousin of Kate
Alys Faraday Barnard (née Boyd) (1847 – 1910), Poz and Doz’s mother, Kate’s aunt (sister to her mother, Lucy Boyd) married to Fred Barnard.
Geoff Barnard (1872 – 1981) – Deceased brother of Poz and Doz. An artist. Died aged 19)
Conis – little terrier dog belonging to Poz and Doz.
Kitty – Catherine Melville Barnard (1879 – 1970) Married to Edward M Buchanan. Second cousin once removed to Kate.
Miss Boodle – Governess/Tutor
Back Story/Family History
The Faradays are (in order of age):-
Alys (oldest) – Poz and Doz’s mother
Lucy – Edward, Kate and Aly’s mother
Alys married Frederick Barnard (an illustrator for Charles Dickens). They had three children – Geoff, Marion (Poz) and Dorothy (Doz) and a dog called Conis. In 1891 Geoff died from congenital heart disease, aged 22. His father was distraught, moved out of the house and died 5 years later in a bedsit in Wimbledon. He was burned in his bed whilst under the influence of opium.
Lucy married Philip Boyd (a partner in Morant, Boyd & Morant, cabinet-makers producing exceptional exhibition-quality furniture). They, too, had three children – Edward, Katherine and Alys. Philip died in 1888 aged 42.
I shall add to this page as I find out more information about everyone.