Catherine Enys, 1813-1893

Catherine Giddy (later, Gilbert) was born in London on April 5, 1813. Her mother was Mary Ann Gilbert, was an agronomist [scientist who focuses on the various uses of plants] and helper of the poor. Catherine’s father was (engineer, politican and author) Davies Giddy of St Erth in Cornwall. He was a Member of Parliament for Helston and later for Bodmin and took the name Gilbert – his wife’s maiden name – in order for her to inherit her uncle’s extensive estate at Eastbourne.

Catherine was brought up in Eastbourne, London and St Erth, and educated by governesses. Her elder brother, John, owned Trelissick House. Catherine married John Samuel Enys in Eastbourne in 1834 and they had five children only one of whom, Jane Mary, married. Catherine was widowed in 1872 but remained living at Enys, with two of her children, until her own death twenty-one years later. She was buried at St Gluvias, next  to her son, Charles.

Further reading

Catherine Enys: Documented

Enys Project volunteers have transcribed documents from the Enys collection. Click the links below to find those related to Catherine Enys.

EN/851 and EN/860, documents relating to marriage to John Samuel Enys

EN/931-932, accounts and inventory related to Catherine Enys, c1894



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