The death of Miss Gurney

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We all hear a lot about Sir Goldsworthy Gurney but he was father to a devoted daughter, Anna Jane (also known as Annie), who cared for him in his later years. She was said to be his constant companion; they also had two servants. SAdly, I could not find any photos of Anna.

The Cornish and Devon Post, on Saturday, May 25th, 1895, wrote of her sad demise on May 19th:

Her death occurred at Reeds in Poughill. The paper said:

“She had been in feeble health for some time, and attended by Dr King, had reached the ripe age of 80 years.” That said, if she was born in November, 1816, she was probably still 79, not 80 when she died.

The terminology is wonderful, isn’t it?

It seems, in memory of her father, she donated a tower clock to Poughill Church, and a liberal gift to Truro Cathedral. Her interment took place at Launcells Parish Church, where lay the remains of her parents. The vicar, the Rev J.W. Black, conducted the service, assisted by Dr Lemon, vicar of Poughill. Her undertaker was Mr Ching of Bude.

Anna was well known for donating items in memory of her eminent father, including a painted window at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster.


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