Mary Harley (née Weir) was brought up in rural Suffolk before being educated at Mount School in York. She attended both the University of St Andrews and the University of Oxford, where she met her husband, Christopher Harley.
Mary’s family on her mother’s side included her great-grandfather, the archaeologist Sir John Evans (1823-1908), and his son Sir Arthur Evans (1851-1941), the Longmans of Longman Publishing, and the influential Dickinson stationery family. It is thought that various items were passed from Sir John by descent via his daughter and granddaughter, into the possession of his great-granddaughter Mary.
Through these family members her estate includes pieces previously housed at Britwell Court, Buckinghamshire, Bosworth Court, Upp Hall, Hertfordshire, and latterly Ulladale, Strathpeffer. She was extremely interested in her ancestral history, and the proud custodian of her familial treasures. Included is a rare Georgian doll’s house, early needlework, as well as children’s games and toys.
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