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Darwin, Amy Richenda née Ruck, 1850-1876 (first wife of Francis Darwin)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1850-03-01 - 1876-09-11

Biography

Amy Richenda Ruck was born on 1 March 1850 in Pennal, Monmouthshire, the third child (of six) of Lawrence Ruck (1819-1896) and Mary Anne Matthews (1822-1905). She became engaged to the botanist Francis Darwin (1848-1925) in 1872 and they married on 23 July 1874. She died on 11 September 1876, a few days after giving birth to their son, Bernard Richard Meirion Darwin (1876-1961).

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

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Letters from Amy Richenda Ruck to Elizabeth Eleanor D'Arcy, 1868-[1874]

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS DAR 274/8
Scope and Contents

Collection of five letters sent from Amy Richenda Ruck, first wife of Francis Darwin, to Elizabeth Eleanor D'Arcy (1852-1928) between 1868 and [1874]. Elizabeth visited Australia in 1872 and in 1877 married Amy's elder brother Arthur Ashley Ruck (1847-1939). The letters carry news of family and mutual acquaintances and Amy's preparations for her forthcoming marriage to Francis.

Dates: 1868-[1874]
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Some material in the Darwin archive is not available because it is unfit for production and access to some very fragile material may only be possible with support from specialist conservation staff. Please see descriptions for further details.
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Letters from Amy Richenda Ruck to Francis Darwin, 9 and 11 May 1874

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS DAR 274/10
Scope and Contents

Two letters from Amy Ruck to Francis Darwin sent in May 1874, a few weeks before their marriage on 23 July. The letters discuss ideas for furnishing their home and the purchase of various items.

Dates: 9 and 11 May 1874
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Some material in the Darwin archive is not available because it is unfit for production and access to some very fragile material may only be possible with support from specialist conservation staff. Please see descriptions for further details.
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Letters from Amy Richenda Ruck to Mary Catherine G. D'Arcy, Jan.-Dec. 1873

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS DAR 274/9
Scope and Contents

Collection of 14 letters (stitched together) from Amy Ruck to Mary D'Arcy (1850-1927), elder sister of Elizabeth Eleanor D'Arcy sent throughout 1873. During 1873 Mary and Elizabeth 'Elly' were in Australia and Amy's letters are full of news from home.

Dates: Jan.-Dec. 1873
Conditions Governing Access: From the Fonds: Some material in the Darwin archive is not available because it is unfit for production and access to some very fragile material may only be possible with support from specialist conservation staff. Please see descriptions for further details.