Catherine Irvine (née Gordon)

???? - 1845


Benefactress of Christchurch, Virginia Water, for which she gave the land (which had come to her by enclosure); her daughter Miss Irvine endowed the church with £2000. Widow of Walter Irvine (q.v.).

  1. Will of Catherine Irvine widow of Luddington House proved 04/11/1845.

  2. Christina Charles Irvine of Luddington House left effects 'under £25,000 in the United Kingdom' when she died 21/03/1871 at Luddington. She instructed that her legacies to females should be treated as their ‘own’ money, and left some £1,000 to charities (chiefly focused on disabilities and mental health), some £5,000 to her servants, friends, and godchildren, and around £15,000 in larger bequests. These include £1,000 each to Elizabeth Irvine’s three sons, £2,000 each to Elizabeth Irvine’s three daughters, and £2,000 each to female cousins on the Gordon side. There is a Codicil to Christina Irvine's Will - her sister Elizabeth Irvine died before Christina so the residue of Christina’s estate is left to Elizabeth's three sons (including Charles). Christina Irvine’s Executors were William Gordon and a Walter Irvine (of Bath).

We are grateful to Ruth Wright for assistance in compiling this entry.


E.W. Brayley, A topographical history of Surrey (Dorking and London, n.d.) Vol. II pp. 293-295.

  1. PROB 11/2026/382.

  2. National Probate Calendar 1871. National Records of Scotland, 1865 Keith Douglas, Elizabeth (Wills and testaments reference SC20/50/37, Cupar Sheriff Court).

Further Information

Maiden Name
Walter Irvine
Elizabeth; Christina Charles; Catherine Grace

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Christ Church, Virginia Water [Built] 
description →
Anglican church built 1837-1838 on land given by Mrs Irvine of Luddington House 'to whom it had been awarded under an inclosure act.' Her daughter Miss Irvine endowed the church with £2000....

Relationships (1)

Widow → Deceased Husband