Ella Christie

(1861—1949) traveller and gardener

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(1861–1949), Scottish woman who traveled alone in Turkestan prior to World War I. Isabella (Ella) Robertson Christie was born on April 21, 1861, in Lanarkshire, Scotland. Her parents, John and Alison Christie, were quite wealthy, thanks to John's acumen in the mining industry. Ella grew up in the family home, Cowden Castle in Perthshire, and lived there the rest of her life when she was not traveling. Travel was an integral part of the Christie family's life, and even when Ella's mother was forced by health problems to forego travel, Ella continued to travel with her father. Her mother died in 1894, when Ella was thirty-four years old, and her father died eight years later. With both of her parents dead and her younger sister married and raising a family, Ella was free to expand the horizons of her travel. And travel she did for much of the second half of her life.


From The Oxford Companion to World Exploration in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: World History.

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