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Belloc, Bessie Rayner, 1829-1925



  • Existence: 1829 - 1925

Biographical Note

Bessie Rayner Parkes Belloc, English poet, feminist, activist and journalist. Belloc was a central figure in the early years of the women's rights movement in England. Parkes converted to Catholicism in 1864 and in 1867 maried Louis Belloc. The two were maried for five years and had two children, Marie Adelaide (later Mrs. Frederic Lownder) and Joseph Hilaire Pierre (known as Hilaire Belloc). Louis Belloc died in 1872 and Bessie, with her children, moved from France to London.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Bessie Rayner Belloc - Kelsey Family Collection


This collection contains correspondence from Bessie Rayner Parkes Belloc and her children, Hilaire Belloc and Marie Belloc Lowndes, to Jeanette Kelsey. It also contains miscellaneous printed materials and ephemera such as newspaper clippings and watercolors by Bessie Belloc.

Restrictions on access

Collection is open for research.

Dates: 1895-1930, undated; Majority of material found within 1908-1919