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Eliza Taylor Spottiswoode, ca 1837-??

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1837 ca
Place of Birth: Madras
Date of Death:
Place of Death:

Identity:

Eliza Taylor Spottiswoode was the eldest daughter of William Urquhart Arbuthnot, a member of the Council for India. In 1861 she married William Spottiswoode (1825-1883), mathematician, physicist and president of the Royal Society. Their son William Spottiswoode FCS (1864-1905) was a partner and later director of the publishers Eyre and Spottiswoode.

Life:

The Spottiswoodes appear to have been keen collectors and hosted regular salons at their London house in Grosvenor Square. She may have known JW in the mid-seventies, when her name appears in an address book (#12714).

Bibliography:

UK census 1881, from http://www.familysearch.org (accessed 2004); Dictionary of National Biography, on-line edition (accessed 12 August 2004); Kelly's Directory of Chelsea, Pimlico and Belgravia "Buff Book" 1887, London 1887.