From the Maidstone Journal and Kentish Advertiser

Saturday 28 May 1892


On Sunday evening to the regret of everyone who knew her, Lady Julian Goldsmid, the wife of Sir Julian Goldsmid, Bart., M.P. for South St. Pancras, and of Somerhill, Tonbridge, and 105 Piccadilly, died after a painful illness. Her ladyship, who was named Virginia, was the eldest daughter of the late A. Philipson, Esq., of Florence, and was married to Sir Julian on March 31st, 1868.

The family removed to the Villa Florentina, Cannes, shortly before Christmas, and though at that time her ladyship was in delicate health, suffering from a painful internal malady, no grave fears were entertained of her. However, serious symptoms set in, and grave fears were entertained, but these passed away, and Sir Julian returned to England to attend to his parliamentary duties.

A fortnight ago, while Sir Julian was staying at Somerhill, he had a telegram to say that a relapse had set in, and he at once started for Cannes, where the whole of the family were. He with his daughters remained till the last. On receipt of the news a telegram of condolence was at once telegraphed from the employees of the Somerhill Estates.

Her ladyship was deservedly beloved and respected by the whole of the employees on the estate in whose welfare she ever took the deepest interest, and no case of illness or distress ever escaped her notice. Though not mixing much in society in Tonbridge, her ladyship's receptions in London were always considered some of the most brilliant fixtures of the season. In the institutions of Tudeley and Capel she always was a very staunch supporter, and every year entertained the school children to tea and entertainment at the mansion. As a whip she had few equals and her form was well known at Tonbridge. There can be no doubt that the whole of the employees realise that they have lost a kind mistress who ever took a lively interest in their welfare.

The greatest sympathy has been evinced with Sir Julian and his bereaved family. Her ladyship leaves a family of eight daughters, the eldest of whom is married to Mr Hoffnung, the Hawaiian Chargé d' Affaires, and the second to Sir Charles Jessell, Bart. The funeral took place on Wednesday, at Nice, and but for the distance from England, no doubt the employees would have sent some lovely floral emblems.