Sinclair, Marjory


Collection date: Jan 1899

Area: London

Marjory Sinclair (1890-1971): Marjory Sinclair was a regular member of the women’s folk dance team supported by Cecil Sharp between 1910 and 1914. It was based at the Physical Training College at the South Western Polytechnic in Manresa Rd, Chelsea. Its members included: Maud & Helen Karpeles (evening classes); Peggy Walsh, Helen Kennedy and Marjory Sinclair (PT students); Joan Sharp (Cecil’s daughter); Mrs May Elliot Hobbs (of Kelmscott); Maggie Müller (prob Margaret Crosby Müller b1884, daughter of Hugo Müller, stationery manufacturer: to be confirmed by 1921 census); Helen Mary Tuttiett*(b1886, EFDS teacher at Cirencester 1913, later matron at Saltley College, Birmingham).

Marjory Wortley Sinclair was born on 6/8/1890 at Merton, Surrey, 3rd child of Edward Sinclair, accountant, and his wife Louisa Jane. Edward was from Ireland and Louisa was from London. In the 1901 census the Sinclair family was in Clifton, Bristol (RG13/2367 f64 p17). In the 1911 census Marjory was aged 20, a PT student in student accommodation at Carlisle Sq, Chelsea. In the 1939 Register she was single, a teacher of English and folk dancing at Malling, Kent. The 1921 census will provide more information.

Marjory Sinclair of Montagu Mansions, London died on 18/3/1971, aged 80.


*Miss Tuttiett may not have attended the SW Polytechnic but was reported as an EFDS teacher Gloucestershire Echo 29 April 1913. She attended the Stratford Summer School in 1914 and is photographed as part of the dancing team (incorrectly named 'Tulliett').