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Tait, Catharine

Rene Kollar

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

Published in print September 2004 |
Published online September 2004 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/50739

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Tait, Catharine (1819–1878), philanthropist, was born on 9 December 1819 at Elmdon, near Rugby, Warwickshire, the youngest daughter of Anna Maria and William Spooner (1778?–1857), rector of Elmdon and archdeacon of Coventry. Catharine Spooner was baptized by her father on 12 December 1819. Described as enthusiastic and earnest in her youth, she was brought up in the quiet surroundings of a country environment with few friends beyond her family circle. She was always to have a special love of the countryside. She read widely in English literature, history, and religion, and began to care for the sick and aged of the area. Evangelical by upbringing and religious habit, she was greatly influenced by her brother-in-law's Tractarianism, and retained a love of ceremonial and a sympathy for high-church devotion. In the first flush of her Tractarian commitment she heard that ...

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