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Addison, Isobel Mackinnon, 1875/6-1934 (née Gray, wife of Christopher Addison, first Viscount Addison)



Isobel Mackinnon Gray (1875/6–1934) was the daughter of Archibald Gray, a wealthy shipping man active in Indian trade. She married Christopher Addison (1869-1951), then a surgeon and later first Viscount Addison, on 25 March 1902. In an exceptionally happy marriage, they were to have three sons (one of whom died in early childhood) and two daughters. Isobel's wealth enabled her husband to think of a political career, and in 1907 he was adopted as Liberal candidate for the Hoxton division of Shoreditch, a seat he won in the general election of 1910. Isobel was a passionate Christian socialist and very supportive of her husband's work.

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Nora Barlow Letters: 1915, 1915

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.10286/1/8/16
Scope and Contents

Contains 49 letters from Nora to Ida Darwin sent between 1 January and 29 December 1915. Amongst news of family and social engagements, the letters make reference to Zeppelin raids on London in September and October 1915 and of work undertaken by Nora in the Chemical Department at Bedford College.
Includes letters from Isobel Addison, Alan Barlow, Erasmus Darwin and Gwen Raverat to Nora, and letters from Ella Coltman and Ruth Darwin to Ida.

Dates: 1915
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