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Emily Priscilla Harris

Emily Priscilla Harris

Born in Bradford on 18 December 1845, Emily Priscilla Harris was the daughter of Alfred Harris (later of Oxton Hall) and his wife, Anna Elizabeth née Dearman. The family appear on the 1851 census, living at 'Spring Lodge,' Manningham Lane, Bradford. Alfred was a banker and a Justice of the Peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire.

On 19 April 1865 Emily married William Busfeild at Bingley in Yorkshire.

The couple appear on the 1871 census, living at 'The Hills' in Micklethwaite. William gave 'Solicitor' as his profession. They had one daughter, Emily Mary, born in 1866. The household included five servants, one of whom was a footman.

At the time of the 1881 census, they were living with or visiting William's parents at Upwood House in Morton. A son, William Harris Busfeild, had been born in 1873.

Emily died on 16 July 1881 at 4 Magdala Place, Edinburgh, two days after giving birth to a second son, Guy Ferrand Busfeild. According to her father-in-law, her death was unquestionably the fault of her physician, Dr Macdonald, who at the same time was treating another woman for puerperal fever and had carried the infection from one patient to the other.

Emily's husband remarried in 1883. In 1890 he changed his surname by Royal Licence from Busfeild to Ferrand, in compliance with the terms of an uncle's will. The uncle reportedly had an income of £9000 per annum.

Photographed on 17 June 1862 by Camille Silvy of London.


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