The lady of the lonely Island

Updated: Mar 15

The lady of the lonely Island“There are all together eight people on the Island, the Forman daughter looks after Mrs. Bonham-Christie, cooks and cleans for her and leaves the Island only once a week to buy stores. On Sundays, she plays the gothic organ in the church. The other people on the Island are cowhands and labourers – although what they labour at no one knows.”


“There are all together eight people on the Island, the Forman daughter looks after Mrs. Bonham-Christie, cooks and cleans for her and leaves the Island only once a week to buy stores. On Sundays, she plays the gothic organ in the church. The other people on the Island are cowhands and labourers – although what they labour at no one knows.”


“The lady of Island does not live in the castle but in a little cottage, she rises at 2:15 every afternoon. She goes to bed when dawn breaks over her Island”.


Candle in hand, she potters around in the night, unafraid of the animals that sport at her feet. Her companions are a sheepdog and a whippet. She is always clothed in black. “


The reporter tried to get an interview with the lady but was told she was unavailable, he was told she is like that.

Let’s get close to this mysterious lady, she was born on the 23rd of July 1865 and died 28th April 1961. She purchased the Island in an auction in 1927 for the princely sum of £125,000, a small fortune back in 1927.


She was a great animal lover and is reputed to have had 200 residents of the Island to leave and banned fishing and hunting on grounds of animal cruelty. Furthermore, she even took on the Boy Scouts and blamed them for a fire that consumed much of the Island and banned them. The backlash from her actions was harsh, and her often eccentric views on privacy forced her to hire a body guard for her own protection.

She was a very complex woman and earned the nickname “The Devil of Brownsea Island”.






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