Governess to the King of Iraq

Dorothy Clarke, later Faber, was the eldest child of my great grandparents Albert and Louisa and she encouraged my interest in family history, sending me photos and other bits and pieces. Although born in Northamptonshire, I only remember her living in a big house in York that she shared with her sister Molly and two sausage dogs. The house overlooked the white horse cut into the hillside on the North York Moors.

One of the most interesting things Dorothy sent to me was the letter below from a Miss Lennox-Carr of Piccadilly (according to the biography of the historical novelist Georgette Heyer, Miss Lennox-Carr ran a registry office for governesses), recommending Dorothy for the post of governess to the young King of Iraq. I don’t believe that Dorothy took up the offer but nevertheless it is a lovely piece of family history.

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In January 2022 I was contacted by Tony Walker who had seen this blog post.  He had come across a document for Miss Carr’s agency when sorting through some some historical papers and asked if I would like a copy. The document can be viewed below.

Terms and conditions for Miss Lennox-Carr's Ladies' Employment and School Agency.

1 thought on “Governess to the King of Iraq”

  1. Good afternoon. I stumbled across your posting from some 5 years ago mentioning Miss Lennox Carr in relation to an employment opportunity for one of your relatives. I am sorting some historical papers for a lady now deceased, and in amongst them is an advert for Miss Carr’s agency and was wondering if a copy would be of any interest to you.
    Drop me a line and if you are I will email you a copy.
    Kind regards

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