Portrait of Rebecca Hussey by Sir Godfrey Kneller Courtesy James Birch, Doddington Hall

Until recently little was known of Rebecca Hussey other than her generosity. Recent research* has revealed that she was the daughter of Sir Thomas Hussey and Sarah Langham of Doddington Hall, Lincolnshire. Born about 1668 she died unmarried in her mid-forties in 1714 and is buried in St Wilfrid's Church, Honington, Lincolnshire. Her will left money for many charitable purposes, and three established charities in her name continue in existence today: the Rebecca Hussey Trust for Africans (which became part of the USPG 1975); another for the benefit of poor prisoners in Lincoln and the adjoining counties which was merged with the Lincoln Prison Charity in April 1981 to form the Lincolnshire Discharged Prisoners Welfare Charity; and finally this Book Charity.

Rebecca Hussey’s varied bequests display her interest in many different people and their welfare. In keeping with her broad concern to serve others, the Book Charity is pleased to offer grants to collections that can be used by many people.

* Courtesy Janet Woodger, Family Historian