CHARLOTTE MARY YONGE
Charlotte Mary Yonge was born on August 11th 1823 at Otterbourne House, Otterbourne near Winchester in the county of Hampshire, where her parents lived with her grandmother. The small estate gave
her father a comfortable but not luxurious living. Her father William, who came from the old Devon family, had been brought up at Cornwood, a few miles from the family seat of Puslinch, some seven miles south east of Plymouth. He was in the 52nd regiment
at Waterloo, a fact which was always a source of pride to Charlotte.
In 1822 he married Fanny Bargus, a shy retiring woman. By all accounts they were a devoted couple. Charlotte was the first of their two children.
Having been forced
to live the life of a country gentleman, for his mother in law had made him give up the army, he had plenty of time on his hands and decided to be Charlotte's teacher. William was in favour of education for women but only in the home.