Florence Ada Keynes

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Florence Ada Keynes
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Born Florence Ada Brown
10 March 1861
Cheetham, Manchester
Died 13 February 1958
Nationality United Kingdom
Education Newnham College, Cambridge
Known for author, historian and politician
Spouse(s) John Neville Keynes

Florence Ada Keynes (née Brown; 10 March 1861 – 13 February 1958) was a British author, historian and politician.


[1] Sister of Walter Langdon-Brown, Keynes was an early graduate of Newnham College, Cambridge.[2] She established an early juvenile labour exchange,[2] and was one of the founders of the Papworth Village Settlement for sufferers of tuberculosis,[3] a forerunner of Papworth Hospital. She was secretary of the local Charity Organisation Society, which provided pensions for the elderly living in poverty, and worked with inmates of workhouses to resettle them into society.[2]

Cambridge Borough Council[edit]

She was the first female councillor of Cambridge City Council in August 1914, and was also a town magistrate.[3] At 70 years of age, Keynes became Mayor of Cambridge on 09 November 1932.[4] She chaired the committee responsible for the building of the new Guildhall, completed in 1939.


Retiring from public duties in 1939, she wrote a history of Cambridge, By-Ways of Cambridge History (Cambridge University Press, 1947). In 1950 she published a memoir, Gathering up the threads (W Heffer & Son Ltd, 1950), in which she discusses her ancestors along with the childhoods of her children John Maynard, Margaret and Geoffrey.


Keynes was the daughter of the Rev. John Brown of Bunyan's Chapel, Bedford. Her brother was the Regius Professor of Physic (medicine) Sir Walter Langdon-Brown.

She married the economist John Neville Keynes in 1882. They had two sons and a daughter:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Keynes, Florence Ada (1950). Gathering up the threads (1sr ed.). Cambridge: W Heffer & Sons Ltd. p. 90. 
  2. ^ a b c "Florence Keynes". Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Skidelsky, Robert (1994). The Economist as Saviour. John Maynard Keynes. 2. New York, NY: Viking Penguin. p. 7. ISBN 0713991100. 
  4. ^ "Cambridge Independent Press" (11 Nov 1932). 11 Nov 1932. Retrieved 8 March 2017.