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Caroline Wigley (1801–1811)
Caroline Meysey-Wigley (1811–1840)
Caroline Clive (1840–1873)


Novelist and poet. Daughter of Edmund Wigley (from 1811 Meysey-Wigley) and his wife Anna Maria Meysey, of Shakenhurst, Worcestershire. Older sister of Charles Wicksted’s wife, Mary Charlotte Wigley. Married Archer Clive, rector of Solihull, in 1840. Published a volume of religious meditations in 1827. Also published verse under the pseudonym ‘V’. She achieved notoriety with the publication of her novel Paul Ferroll in 1855.


ODNB s.v. Clive, [née Wigley, afterwards Meysey-Wigley], Caroline

E. A. Smith 1973 s.v. Wigley, Edmund


ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.

Smith, Henry Stooks. 1973. The parliaments of England, from 1715 to 1847. 2d edition edited by F. W. S. Craig. Chichester: Political Reference Publications.