May 24th Caroline Fox (Birth)


Caroline Fox (1819 – 1871) was a Cornish diarist and educationalist.

The daughter of Robert Were Fox the Younger (July 25th) of the influential, Quaker, Fox family of Falmouth and his wife, Maria Barclay, she is well known for her diaries in which she recorded her memories of meeting many of the intellectual celebrities of the day including J. S. Mill and Thomas Carlyle.

Born at Penjerrick House (pictured below in 1890), Fox was instrumental, with her sister Anna Maria in the establishment of the Royal Cornish Polytechnic Society of Falmouth (April 22nd) which is regarded as the first institution to use the term Polytechnic.

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