Enid Lorimer

Family Background

A tall poppy among tall poppies.

Enid’s family background includes several people of note with entries in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, and in Who’s Who. As neither she nor her only sister had children there are no descendants from her immediate family, but there are more distant relatives descended from cousins and second cousins living today.

Her real name was Enid Bosworth Nunn, Bosworth being her mother’s maiden name. She always said she chose Lorimer as a stage name because it was a family name: it appears to come from her maternal grandfathers side.
Her father Harold Marcus Nunn was a Cambridge graduate “living on his own means”, meaning that without working he had enough wealth to support his family in a large house with servants, and to send his daughters to boarding school paying for music and drama lessons etc. Enid called this a “typical upper middle class London family” although it seems quite astonishing to us today. She claimed that even from childhood she was aware of, and felt uncomfortable with the affluence and privilege of her background in contrast to those around her in late Victorian London.
Her mother Helen Louise Fowler Nunn, nee Bosworth, was the elder of the two children of Ben Wyatt Bosworth and Mary Bosworth. Ben had been In the Ironmongery business, but later became the proprietor of schools, first in Kensington and then in Mortlake, near Richmond in Surrey. Helen’s brother William studied at Cambridge where he met Harold and Thomas Nunn, and shared with them an enthusiasm for the actor Henry Irving.

 It appears therefore that Enid was born to be interested in the stage, and to excel at whatever she chose to do.

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