Ellen Lawless “Nelly” <I>Ternan</I> Robinson

Ellen Lawless “Nelly” Ternan Robinson

Rochester, Medway Unitary Authority, Kent, England
Death 25 Apr 1914 (aged 75)
Fulham, London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, Greater London, England
Burial Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England
Memorial ID 84830365 · View Source
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Mistress of Charles Dickens (Memorial #1256). In 1857, when she was just 18, she met Dickens, who was then 45. The following year, Dickens separated from his wife of more than 20 years. Ternan had a relationship with Dickens until his death in 1870. In his will, Dickens left her £1,000 and sufficient income from a trust fund so that she would never have to work again. In 1876, 6 years after Dickens' death, she married George Wharton Robinson, who died in 1910. They had two children, Geoffrey and Gladys. Her relationship with Dickens was kept a secret until after her death. She is the subject of the play, Little Nell by Simon Gray and the book, The Invisible Woman: The Story Of Charles Dickens & Nelly Ternan by Claire Tomalin.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 84830365
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ellen Lawless “Nelly” Ternan Robinson (3 Mar 1839–25 Apr 1914), Find a Grave Memorial no. 84830365, citing Highland Road Cemetery, Portsmouth, Portsmouth Unitary Authority, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Anonymous (contributor 46593403) .