Maternal Great Grandparents Anstruther / Hanbury-Tracy
The Story of a Lady's Maid ...
Clara Taylor was Dame Eva's Lady's Maid between 1907 and 1914 but retained an association with the family long after that. For an account of the family - its lifestyle and relationships - click on the small image below.
In 1948, she was invited to write her reminiscences of those days in service. Remarkably, a typescript copy of her reflections has survived and is reproduced by kind permission of Dame Eva's grandson, Robert Maxtone Graham. Clara Taylor writes candidly and clearly about the kind of life she led and about the relationships between Dame Eva and her two children and between Dame Eva and her husband.
Clara was also part of the move to Pan's Garden and even had a hand in helping to decorate the dining room walls! She was later to work alongside Dame Eva in London during the First World War as part of the administration section of the Camps Library - a service that provided books for the troops fighting in France.
Douglas & Goatcart c.1898 (with Governess) and Douglas c.1899