Edward Heneage Dering

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search

Edward Heneage Dering (15 March 1827 – 22 November 1892)[1] was an English novelist and philosopher of the Victorian era.[2] He is largely remembered today as a member of "The Quartet"[3] at Baddesley Clinton, with marriages to two artistic women.[4]


He was the younger son of Cholmeley Edward John Dering, rector of Pluckley, Kent, and prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral. He joined the 68th Foot as an ensign in 1844, and in 1848 was a lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards.[5][6] Having caught malaria in Italy, he sold out his commission and left the army in 1851.[7]

In 1859 Dering married fellow author Lady Georgiana Chatterton. Dering converted to Catholicism in 1865[8] From 1869, the couple lived at Baddesley Clinton with Georgiana's niece Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen and her husband Marmion Edward Ferrers. While living there, they paid for improvements to the house and paid off mortgages taken out on the estate.[3]

Lady Georgiana became a Catholic convert in 1875, according to John Sutherland under the influence of her husband's view of Catholicism in Sherborne, published that year.[7][9] She died at Baddesley Clinton in 1876 and two years later Dering published Memoirs of Georgiana, Lady Chatterton[10]

Dering continued to live at Baddesley Clinton, chaperoned by a Catholic priest after the death of Rebecca's husband in 1884;[4] in 1885 the couple were married. Edward was responsible for more improvements to the house, including a new service wing in 1890.[3]

Death and legacy

Dering died at Baddesley Clinton in 1892 and much of his personal library, along with those of his wives, remains in the house today.[11] The collections there also include several portraits of Dering painted by Rebecca Dering, including "The philosopher's morning walk",[12] which shows him in his favoured old-fashioned clothes in front of the moat at Baddesley Clinton.


Dering published novels including:

  • Lethelier (1860)[13]
  • A Great Sensation (1862)[14]
  • Grey's Court (1865)
  • Florence Danby (1868)[15]
  • Sherborne: or, The House at the Four Ways (1875)[16]
  • Freville Chase (1880)[13]
  • The Lady of Raven's Combe (1891)[13]
  • The Ban of Mablethorpe (1894).[13]

These works were generally poorly reviewed.[7] The Chieftains's Daughter (1870)[17] was a volume of verse.[5]

Dering concerned himself with neo-Thomist thought.[18] He published English translations of works by the Jesuit philosophers Giovanni Maria Cornoldi and Matteo Liberatore.

Works against theosophy were:

Translated works:

  • On Universals: An Exposition of Thomistic Doctrine (1889)
  • Principles of political economy (1891)
  • The Physical System Of St. Thomas (1893)


  1. Townend, Peter (1970). Burke's Peerage and Baronetage. London, U.K.: Burke's Peerage Ltd.
  2. Dering, Edward Heneage in The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy (2010)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "the Quartet". National Trust. Retrieved 2019-11-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Rebecca Dering". National Trust. Retrieved 2019-11-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Reilly, Catherine (2000-01-01). Mid-Victorian Poetry, 1860-1879. A&C Black. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-7201-2318-0.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Foster, Joseph (1888–1892). "Wikisource link to Dering, Cholmeley Edward John". Alumni Oxonienses: the Members of the University of Oxford, 1715–1886. Oxford: Parker and Co. Wikisource. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Sutherland, John (1990). The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction. Stanford University Press. p. 180. ISBN 978-0-8047-1842-4.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Memoirs of Georgiana, Lady Chatterton (1878), p.152
  9. Baigent, Elizabeth. "Chatterton, Henrietta Georgiana Marcia Lascelles, Lady (1806–1876)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/5187.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  10. Edward Heneage Dering (1878). Memoirs of Georgiana, Lady Chatterton: with Some Passages from Her Diary. Hurst and Blackett – via Google Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. National Trust Collections
  12. "Edward Heneage Dering (1826-1892), ' The Philosopher's Morning Walk' by Rebecca Dulcibella Orpen". National Trust. Retrieved 2019-11-22.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 "At the Circulating Library Author Information: Edward Heneage Dering". www.victorianresearch.org.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Edward Heneage Dering (1862). A great sensation – via Google Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Edward Heneage Dering (1868). Florence Danby. Dublin and Derby: Thomas Richardson and Son – via Google Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Edward Heneage Dering (1875). Sherborne, Or, The House at the Four Ways. Smith, Elder – via Google Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Edward Heneage Dering (1870). The Chieftain's Daughter. Richardson – via Google Books.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Gavin Budge et al. (editors), The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers (2002), Thoemmes Press (two volumes), article Dering, Edward Heneage, p. 317.

External links