Harriet Rose Ferris

Teacher / Artist

Harriet Rose Ferris.
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The Avenue by Rachel Pollard
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Harriet Rose Ferris Grave Holy Trinity Cemetery Westport
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Holy Trinity Church Westport
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Westport Map 1901
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Teacher / Artist

This Westport native was an exemplary Teacher of Deaf children at Dublin Schools.  She was an accomplished Artist.

 Early Years

Harriet Rose Ferris was born in Clogher, Westport during 1893.  She received her early education at Claremount, Glasnevin, Dublin. [i]

She was daughter of Jones Ferris of Clogher & Jessie nee Mc Manamon Jessie was an accomplished artist.)  She had a sister Mary Agnes(Molly). (Page 72 / 73) (Dr. Alice Huddy) [ii]

Career

During October 1916 she was appointed pupil teacher at the school until she resigned on 24th June 1921 to teach at Exeter Institution for the Deaf.  She was registered under the English Board of Education.  Her next appointment was as Headmistress at Carrick Manor, Monkstown in January 1946.  She displayed extreme kindness to students, gave instruction in finger – spelling to Boy – Scouts and Girl – Guides, lip–reading plus speech therapy to adults.  She assisted school-leavers by sourcing vocational training and employment.  Miss Ferris managed the school single – handled during September 1970 when staff retired. [iii]

Harriet Ferris was a pupil / teacher at Claremont in Glasnevin, Dublin.  She spent a brief time at Exeter Institute in the U.K.  She was Headmistress at Carrick Manor in Monkstown. (Page 72 / 73) (Dr. Alice Huddy) [iv]

U. S.

She moved to America in December 1923 to study at California’s State Teacher’s College. [v]

Harriet Ferris travelled to her older sister, Kathleen in Los Angelus during 1923.  There were various relations in Pasadena.  She updated her personal development plus teacher training in San Francisco.  Prior to her acceptance of the Headmistress post at Carrick Manor Monkstown, Dublin she returned to the U. S. for a visit. (Page 72 / 73) (Dr. Alice Huddy) [vi]

Westport

She spent some time on her return from England as a Secretary to Lord Sligo, Westport House. [vii]

Harriet Ferris returned during the 1940’s to Westport where she was employed as a Personal Assistant to the 7th & 8th Marquis of Sligo. (Page 72 / 73) (Dr. Alice Huddy) [viii]

Retired

When Harriet Rose retired from teaching during 1971 she returned to Westport.  She spent her time excelling in her chosen sport which was golf.  She indulged in her favourite pastimes of seascape and landscape painting in watercolours and oils. [ix]

Demise

Harriet Rose died aged 81 years on 27th June 1974.  She is buried in the family plot at the Church of Ireland Cemetery, Westport. [x]

The demise of Harriet Rose Ferris occurred during 1923. (Page 72 / 73) (Dr. Alice Huddy) [xi]

Footnote

Dr. Alice Huddy, daughter of Frank Ferris & cousin of Harriet Rose published an article in the Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36: with the following memory that Harriet Rose preferred to be called ‘Haddy.  Dr. Huddy stated she acquired Harriet Rose’s seashell collection with several written notebooks.  She has in her position the paintings of Westport that Harriet Rose produced.  (Page 72 / 73) (Dr. Alice Huddy) [xii]

Bibliography

[i] Pollard Rachael, (2006) “The Avenue – A History of the Claremont Institution,” Danzelle Press, Dun Laoghaire.

[ii] Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36. {Assessed 11th January 2021]

[iii] Pollard Rachael, (2006) “The Avenue – A History of the Claremont Institution,” Danzelle Press, Dun Laoghaire.

[iv] Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36. {Assessed 11th January 2021]

[v] Pollard Rachael, (2006) “The Avenue – A History of the Claremont Institution,” Danzelle Press, Dun Laoghaire.

[vi] Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36. {Assessed 11th January 2021]

[vii] Pollard Rachael, (2006) “The Avenue – A History of the Claremont Institution,” Danzelle Press, Dun Laoghaire.

[viii] Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36. {Assessed 11th January 2021]

[ix] Pollard Rachael, (2006) “The Avenue – A History of the Claremont Institution,” Danzelle Press, Dun Laoghaire.

[x] Pollard Rachael, (2006) “The Avenue – A History of the Claremont Institution,” Danzelle Press, Dun Laoghaire.

[xi] Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36.  {Assessed 11th January 2021]

[xii] Cathair na Mart Historical Journal 2019 No 36. {Assessed 11th January 2021]

 

 

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