Albinia Wherry

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Albinia Lucy Wherry (18 October 1857 – 4 March 1929) was a British nurse[1] and author, best known for her works on the subjects of biography, art, and folklore.


She was the oldest daughter of Robert Needham Cust and his wife Maria Hobart, and was born at Langdown House, Hampshire, the Hobart family home from 1849. Two months later her barrister father set off for British India, then torn by rebellion, where he would make a reputation as a colonial administrator and linguist.[2][3] She had two sisters and two brothers; her mother died in 1864 a week after giving birth to a daughter. Her father returned from India; when back there in a senior administrative position, he took another wife, Emma Carlyon, who died in childbirth in 1867. He left India, and married again in 1868. He was survived by three of his children with Maria, Albinia, Robert Henry Hobart Cust (1861–1940), and Maria Eleanor Vere Cust.[4]

In 1881, Albinia married the surgeon George Edward Wherry[5] and they produced a daughter, Beatrix Albinia, in 1888. Wherry also trained as a nurse at Leicester Infirmary.[6]

During World War I, Wherry was stationed in Paris in the Women's Emergency Canteen at the Gare du Nord where she supported Allied forces from 1915-1918.[7] Wherry is buried in St John the Baptist Churchyard.[8] Her collected correspondence is archived by the University of Florida;[9] additional work is found in the Wherry Collection at the British Library.[7]


  • Greek sculpture with Story and Song (1898)
  • Stories of the Tuscan Artists (1901)
  • Turner (1903)
  • Daniel Defoe (1905)
  • Chronicles of Erthig on the Dyke (1914)
  • The Albinia Book (1929)



  1. ^ Sherrington, C. E. R. (July 1975). Charles Scott Sherrington (1857-1952). Notes and Records of the Royal Society of London, 30 (1): 45-63. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Cust, Robert Needham (1899). "Memoirs of past years of a septuagenarian; twenty-one years before India; twenty-one years in India; twenty-one years after India". Hertford, Austin. p. 62.
  3. ^ "Langdown House, Hampshire Garden Trust Research".
  4. ^ Prior, Katherine. "Cust, Robert Needham". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/32685.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  5. ^ Medical News. The British Medical Journal, 1 (1058): 579-580. Apr. 9, 1881. (subscription required)
  6. ^ New Members. The British Journal of Nursing. July 11, 1908. p. 28.
  7. ^ a b Kerziouk, Olga (August 11, 2014). Albinia Lucy Wherry and Russian “knights” on war-time postcard. European studies blog. British Library. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Albinia Lucy Cust Wherry. Find a Grave. Retrieved September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ A Guide to the Albinia Lucy Cust Wherry Correspondence. University of Florida Smathers Libraries. Special and Area Studies Collections. November 2004. Retrieved September 5, 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • Mosley, Charles (ed). (2003). Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage. 107th ed. Vol 1. Genealogical Books. p. 544.