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Violet Markham (1872–1959)

Violet Rosa Markham was a writer, social reformer, and administrator. She was born in October 1872 and grew up near Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England. In 1901, she inherited sufficient money to live independently and to devote her wealth to causes she supported. She was interested in education and the effects of poverty and unemployment, especially regarding women. She was a member of the Chesterfield Education Authority (1899–1934), and during the First World War, she became a member of the executive committee of the National Relief Fund, established to alleviate distress caused by the war. She was a friend of Royall Tyler, although it is unclear when and how they met. They shared an interest in medieval art and architecture, and she authored Romanesque France: Studies in the Archaeology and History of the Twelfth Century (London: J. Murray, 1929). She died on February 2, 1959.