2012-12-29 C. S. Lewis Letters to Children

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This is the info on Sarah Neylan, from William O’Flaherty, the proprietor of the All About Jack Podcast found at   http://allaboutjack.podomatic.com/

NEYLAN, Mary (1908–97) was born Mary Shelley in Watlington, Oxfordshire, on 3 August 1908, the daughter of Hugh Alexander Shelley, a wood carver, and Maud (Baldwin) Shelley. At the age of nine she became a boarder at St Katherine’s School in Wantage, run by the Community of St Mary the Virgin. She left it two years later because of illness, and returned to Watlington. From there she went to Reading University, where she was taught by Hugo Dyson, one of the Inklings. In 1929 she became a pupil at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, but she was sent to Magdalen to be tutored by Lewis. After receiving her BA in 1932 and a Diploma in Education the following year, in 1933 Mary began teaching at Dartington Hall, Devon. She was living in Bradenham, Buckinghamshire, when on 30 August 1934 she married Daniel Neylan (1905–69), a schoolmaster and the son of the civil servant, Sir Daniel Neylan. They were to have two children, Sarah Shelley (b. 1938), and Mary Elizabeth(b. 1946). Mary Neylan’s article, ‘My Friendship with C. S. Lewis’, was published in The Chesterton Review, vol. XVII (August/November 1991), pp. 405–6. She died on 9 February 1997. C. S. Lewis was godfather to the Neylans’ first child, Sarah, who was born in Dartington on 15 January 1938. After school Sarah went on to become an artist and muralist. One of her most popular works is found in the waiting room of the X-ray Department in the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford which she painted to look like a conservatory. She has pointed out that although sick people may be too ill to enjoy the art, their relatives find it helps them get through hours of anxiety. On 31 December 1960 she married Christopher Patrick Tisdall, at that time a lieutenant in the Royal Navy. They had four children.
Lewis, C. S. (2009-06-30). The Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis, Volume 2 (pp. 1054-1055). Harper Collins, Inc.. Kindle Edition.

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