Faith and Family


[Eliza] Isabella Wyatt


[Eliza] Isabella Wyatt, née Caldwell (1848-1933) of Idaiyangudi, Tirunelveli, was the eldest daughter of Bishop Robert and Eliza Caldwell. Brought up at her father’s mission station, spoke Tamil as a native, educated in England at St Mary’s Hall, Brighon 1856-62. Returned to Idaiyangudi 1863 where she and her sister Sarah started working with their mother in the campaign to encourage female education. In 1868 Isabella married Rev Joseph Wyatt who had arrived as assistant to her father. She bore seven children and in due course took over the superintending of schools from her mother. When in 1879 her husband was appointed to Tiruchirappalli [‘Trichy’] 200 miles to the north, she continued her work there. When he resigned from the SPG in 1896, Isabella had been working in mission schools for 25 years. They settled in England near Cambridge.


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