Lady Ellen Amelia Pink (Purssey)

Purseys do not figure widely in the ranks of the English gentry.

One who did was Ellen Amelia Purssey, wife of jam and pickle-maker Sir Thomas Pink.

Born in 1859, the eldest child of meat salesman Edmund Purssey and Amelia Frances Swan, Ellen married Sir Thomas when she was just 20 years of age.

She died in Camberwell, London on 28 April 1917. In the probate registry, she is referred to as Dame Ellen Amelia of Thornton House, Clapham Park, Surrey.

Incidentally, Pink’s, an offshoot of the firm still exists. See here for more info.


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