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Edith Stewart Drewry

12th Jan 1841 - 30th Sep 1925

Life History

12th Jan 1841

Born in 11, Cambridge St., Hyde Park, London.

19th May 1841

Baptised in Paddington, London.

30th Sep 1925

Died in Paddington, London.


Edith's Birth Certificate

Edith Drewry's Birth Certificate

Edith Drewry's Baptism record Edith's birth certificate does not include the middle name 'Stewart', nor does her baptism record. She adopted the middle name later.

See also Georgina and her Sisters.

In the 1871 census, Edith's profession is given as 'Author'.

In the 1881 census, living at her father's house, 1 Westbury Terrace, unmarried; 'Author Novelist & Press Writer'.

In the 1891 census at 86, Southampton Row, parish of St. George, Bloomsbury:

Edith Stewart DrewryHeadSingle50Author, Novelistb. Paddington, London
Laurentia Drewry SisterSingle44Author, Novelist, Press Correctorb. Kensington, London
William Bristow LodgerMar.62House Painter & Decoratorb. London
Elizabeth BristowWife Of Lodger
Mar.63In Service as Housekeeperb. Croydon, Surrey
Mary Anne Bristow DaughterSingle23Millinerb. Paddington, London
Eliza Agatha BristowDaughterSingle20Dressmakerb. Paddington, London

In 1897 the Electoral Registers have Edith Stewart Drewry and Laurentia Drewry at 108 Southampton Row (Bloomsbury Polling District).

In 1898 - 1903 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurentia at 2, Queen Square, Islington.

In the 1901 census at 2, Queen Square, St Andrew Holborn above the Bars and St George the Martyr:

Edith S DrewryHeadSingle60Novelistb. London
Laurentia DrewrySisterSingle54 Novelistb. London
Elizabeth JacksonServantWidow48Servant Domesticb. Gravesend, Kent

Edith_Phonebook_1902.jpgIn 1902, Edith is the only member of our Drewry family with her name in the London Post Office phone book.

In 1905 - 1908 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurentia at 99, Camberwell Grove, Dulwich.

In the 1911 census at 250 Portsdown Road Maida Vale:

Edith Stewart DrewrySingle70Novelistb. Paddington, London
Caroline ThomasServantSingle48General Servant Domesticb. Shoreditch London

Edith's signature in the 1911 census

The 1911 census also has Ina Leon Cassilis, Aimée Stewart, and Laurie Lansfeldt at 250, Portsdown.

In 1918 & 1919 the Electoral Registers have Edith and Laurie Lansfeldt at 250, Portsdown.

In 1922, Edith Stewart Drewry, Laurie Lansfeldt, Aimée Stewart and 'Eva Leah Cassilis' are registered at 250, Portsdown.

In 1924, Edith Stewart Drewry, Laurie Lansfeldt, Aimée Stewart and Ina Leon Cassilis are registered at 250, Portsdown.

Edith the Author

From Google Books Edith is mentioned in 'The London journal 1845-83' by Andrew King.
("This book is the first full-length study of one of the most widely read publications of nineteenth-century Britain, the London Journal, over a period when mass-market reading in a modern sense was born.")

From Google BooksSome famous authors wrote for 'The London Journal'. Included in the list of contributors is Ina Leon Cassilis (Edith's sister Georgina).

Some Writing

From Abe Books 'For somebody's sake': A novel. By Edith Stewart Drewry, ... In three volumes
By Edith Stewart Drewry
Published by F.V. White & Co., 31, Southampton Street, Strand, W.C., 1890
230 pages

'A death-ring' by Edith Stewart Drewry, published by Maxwell, 1890

Some Contemporaries
The writers discussed range from Catherine Gore and Anna Jameson at the beginning of the period, through Dinah Mulock Craik, Charlotte Yonge and Mary Braddon to Florence Marryat, Edith Stewart Drewry and Charlotte Riddell in the early 1880s."

From the 'Belgravia Annual', 1894
Title : "Baptized with a Curse" - Author: Drewry, Edith S.
Also found in 'The FictionMags Index':
'A Dangerous Bouquet', (ss) The Novelette #23 1878
'Under the Threshold', (sl) The Novelette #7, #8 1878
and in Posted_Ghosts: 'The Black Pointer', by Elizabeth(?) Stewart Drewry 8/19/05

From the 'Belgravia Annual', 1895 Quote from Google's description of Authentic performance in theatrical women's fiction of the 1870s: "Off the Stage (1879), Florence Marryat’s My Sister the Actress (1881), and Edith Stewart Drewry’s Only An Actress (1883) subsequently constitute intriguing ..."



Found in Amazon At
Baptized with a Curse: A Novel. 3 volumes. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1870.
On Dangerous Ground: A Novel. 3 volumes. London: White, 1883.
Only an Actress. 3 volumes. London: White, 1883.
[A review in the Morning Post, Nov, 1883]

An advert in The London Journal (LXVIII:368): "Series of tales within a frame narrative - thestories are by Clementine Montagu, James Grant, Pierce Egan, and the Author of 'A Wife's Honour' [Edith Stewart Drewry]."

Read Some of Her Stories:

The Engine Driver's Story [Source]

A Twin Identity [Source]


An Angel of Mercy

New Zealand - 'Past Papers' In an Australian Newspaper

In the Coventry Evening Telegraph, 2 July, 1895 Edith_Stewart_2.jpg


Edith - Probate

From freeBMD

Birth: Mar 1841, Kensington, 3, 280
Death: Dec 1925, Drewry Edith, age: 84, Paddington 1a 1