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Jane Unwin, 1851-1949

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1851
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Date of Death: 1947/9
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Emma Jane Catherine Cobden was the daughter of the statesman and businessman Richard Cobden, M.P., of Heyshott, and Catherine Anne Williams. She married the publisher Thomas Fisher Unwin. Their nephew Stanley Unwin was a partner in the publishing firm George Allen and Unwin Ltd.


Jane Cobden was elected to the London County Council in 1889. Throughout her career she fought for the rights of minority groups. She was interested in Irish Independence, women's suffrage and indigenous people groups in South Africa, Eastern Europe and Russia. The University of Bristol Special Collections Department hold correspondence, photographs, pamphlets and newspaper cuttings related to her and her husband. Reading University holds the records of George Allen and Unwin.

In the 1890s and early 1900s Jane and her husband were on social terms with JW. JW spent the Christmas of 1896 with the Unwin family.


Unwin, Stanley, The Truth About Publishing, London, 1960; Ryder, Brian, 'The George Allen and Unwin Collection: Reading University Library', Publishing History, vol. 47, 2000, pp. 67-78; Dictionary of National Biography Online, Oxford, 1997, accessed 7 April 2004; Papers of Jane Cobden Unwin, (accessed 7 April 2004).