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Edith Lytton (nee Villiers)

Edith Bulwer-Lytton nee Villiers (1841 - 1936) was a daughter of Edward Ernest Villiers, the younger brother of the Fourth Earl of Clarendon. She was therefore a sister of Elizabeth Loch nee Villiers, with Lady Loch later becoming a friend of the younger Olive Schreiner. In 1864 Edith Villiers married Edward Robert Bulwer-Lytton, first Earl of Lytton and Viceroy of India from 1876 until 1880. They had seven children, including Schreiner’s close friend Constance Lytton, and also Elizabeth (Betty) Balfour. After her husband’s death, Edith Bulwer-Lytton was saved from financial hardship by serving at court as a lady-in-waiting from 1895 to 1905. She did not agree with her daughter Constance’s involvement with WSPU militancy regarding women’s enfranchisement, but she seems to have become friendly both with Olive Schreiner and with Schreiner’s nieces Lyndall (‘Dot’) and Ursula via her daughter Constance.

For further information see:
David Washbrook (2004) ‘Lytton, Edward Robert Bulwer-, first earl of Lytton (1831-1891)’ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford University Press http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/17315 
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