Katharine Faraday Boyd was born in 1879 in Hampstead, London, England to Philip and Lucy Boyd. She is my Great Aunt, on my mother’s side, and played an important role in the family. Although I never met her, she died 2 years before I was born, I was always told about “Aunt Kate”.
Great Aunt Kate wrote a daily diary from 1894 (so she started when she was 15 years old) until the day she died at 81. This is amazing and I now have 67 years’ worth of personal diaries about to be sent up to Shetland.
There are a couple of years missing but I think I can live with that. They may turn up somewhere else or actually may have never been written (though, I doubt that).
The writing is teensy-tinesy and there is a weather summary for each day written on the side.
The writing is small because the diaries (mostly Letts) are also ridiculously little too. About the size of half a passport.
Great Aunt Kate led an extraordinary life. She lived through two world wars, volunteered helping refugees in London and Belgium (received an OBE and a Belgium medal), went to the Slade School of Fine Art (the Henry Tonks era), looked after her younger sister when her mother died very young amongst many other achievements.
I am not quite sure what I want to do with the diaries at present. I have a feeling I should transcribe them, or some of them, because the history will be fascinating. So that’s a project for the winter, and possibly many more to come. Realistically possibly the rest of my life will be spent trying to decipher teensy-tinesy writing. Am I mad to want to do this?