TitleGatty and Ewing Families
DescriptionThese items were donated to the Hunter Archaeological Society by Richard Gatty, one of the executors of Mrs H. K. E. Eaton, nee Gatty.

Juliana Horatia Ewing (1841 - 1885):
Juliana Horatia Ewing was a well known children's writer of Ecclesfield. Her story 'The Brownies' gave their name to the junior Girl Guides. She was known as Aunt Judy and featured in her mothers works: Aunt Judy's Tales (1859), Aunt Judy's Letters (1862), and Aunt Judy's Magazine (1866–82). Most of Juliana's work appeared first in Aunt Judy's Magazine.

Juliana was the daughter of the Reverend Alfred Gatty, scholar, editor, and vicar of the parish of St Mary's, Ecclesfield for 63 years. She was born at Ecclesfied in 1841. Following her mother Margaret into the world of letters, Juliana became a well loved children's author, being best remembered now for Jackanapes, Lob Lie-by-the-Fire, A Flat Iron for a Farthing and The Story of a Short Life.

Following her marriage in 1867 Ewing lived at Fredericton in New Brunswick, Canada until 1869. Her letters home bring Fredericton society to life, from her household chores, to canoeing parties and sleigh rides. They then lived at Aldershot and later Devon. Her husband, Major Alexander Ewing, had numerous postings in addition to Fredericton, for example, Malta and Sri Lanka, though Juliana did not accompany him due to her health. She died at Bath in 1885.

Margaret Gatty (1809 - 1873):
Margaret Gatty was a well known writer on natural history and children's writer. She was the author of a standard work 'History of British Seaweeds' (1863), and had an Australian alga and a type of marine worm named after her. After her marriage to Rev Alfred Gatty in 1839 she lived the rest of her life at Ecclesfield. Mother of Juliana Horatia Gatty (later Ewing).

Rev Alfred Gatty (1813 - 1903)
Born in London, 1813. Vicar of Ecclesfield 1839 - 1903. Regular lecturer at the Sheffield Literary and Philosophical and published numerous works. Father of of Juliana Horatia Gatty (later Ewing).
Date[19th - 20th cent]
Extentapprox 208 bundles / items
RelatedMaterialSheffield Archives:
Records of the Gatty family, 19th - 20th cent. (MD602-603; MD1623; MD1748-49; MD1782-83; MD2103; MD2122-2126; MD2194-95; MD2687-89; MD3474; MD3614; MD6872; MD7998)
Joan and Mel Jones, The Remarkable Gatty family of Ecclesfield, 2003 (BIOG/GAT) (also at Sheffield Local Studies Library: B.GATT)

Sheffield Local Studies Library:
Mrs Alfred Gatty, The book of Sun-dials, 1872 (828)
Mrs Alfred Gatty, Parables From Nature, 1892-1894, 1892 (Central Library Store: 828.GATT)
Melvyn Jones, 'A remarkable literary and artistic family: the Gattys of Ecclesfield' in Melvyn Jones, South Yorkshire Yesterday: Glimpses of the Past, 2003 (942.74 S)
Jones, Mel, The story of a nomadic wife : the life and times of Ecclesfield-born children's writer, Juliana Horatia Ewing, during her enforced separation from her soldier-husband, 1879-1883, as told in her letters and diaries (Green Tree, 2007) (B.EWIN S)
Chris Morley, 'Ecclesfield's literary connection' in M. Jones (ed), Aspects of Sheffield: Discovering Local History, Volume 2, 1999 (942.74 S)
Eden, H. K. F., Juliana Horatia Ewing and Her Books (SPCK, 1896) (B.EW54 SST)
Blom, Margaret Howard, Canada Home: Juliana Horatia Ewing's Fredericton Letters, 1867-1869 (University of British Columbia, 1983) (Central Library Store: B.EWIN)

Material held elsewhere:
Ewing-Gatty collection of watercolours, sketches, drawings and photographs, Yorkshire Libraries and Information in the Headquarters Library, Balne Lane, Wakefield
Papers of Margaret Scott Gatty 1822 - c.1989 including: 4 albums of mounted marine botanical specimens, family correspondence, photograph and 20th century manuscript biographical material relating to Margaret Scott Gatty, University of St Andrews, Scotland
Letters of Margaret Gatty, Alfred Gatty, Horatia K. F. Gatty (Eden) and Juliana Horatia Gatty (Ewing) to George Bell (publisher), Archives and Manuscripts Department of the Library, University of Reading.
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