Edith Carey

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Edith Frances Carey was born in India in 1864, the daughter of Major-General de Vic Carey, and the elder sister of Sir Victor Gosselin Carey (Bailiff of Guernsey 1935-1946). In the 1870s they returned to Guernsey and settled at Le Vallon, and she completed her education at Ladies College.

Her interest in island history began when she was in the twenties, and she was encouraged by Sir Edgar MacCullough (Bailiff of Guernsey 1884-1895). After his death in 1896, she edited and published Guernsey Folklore, based on his papers.

She was a member of the Bookplate Exchange Club until 1904, and she contributed articles on Guernsey bookplates to the Ex Libris Journal of 1897 and 1898.

In 1904, she published The Channel Islands (Carey)|The Channel Islands, illustrated by Henry Wimbush.

She was a member of La Société Guernesiaise, was a regular contributor of papers to the Trans Soc Guern|Transactions, and also served as President in 1924 and 1927. During the 1920s she started work on the compilation of History of the Careys of Guernsey with her cousin Wilfred Carey. Both Wilfred and Edith died before the book was completed, but it was picked up by another cousin, Spencer Carey Curtis, who finished and published it in 1938.

She died on 29 May 1935.

When she died, she left a collection of essays which were published posthumously under the title Essays on Guernsey History in 1936.

There is a memorial tablet to her in St Martins Church.


  • MacCullough, Sir Edgar, edited by Edith Carey, Guernsey Folklore (1896)
  • Carey, Edith, The Channel Islands (Carey)|The Channel Islands (1904)
  • Carey, Edith, Essays on Guernsey History (1936)
  • Carey, Edith, Curtis, Spencer Carey, History of the Careys of Guernsey (1938)


  • Marr, LJ, Guernsey People, Phillimore (1984)
  • Obituary, Trans Soc Guern, 1935
  • Rosemary de Sausmarez, 'Edith Frances Carey', RGS, Summer 1976
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