Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
Clement-Jones family - Person Sheet
NameRachel Pearsall Conn “Ray” COSTELLOE, 10563
FatherBenjamin Francis Conn COSTELLOE , 10640 (1855-1899)
MotherMary Whitall PEARSALL SMITH , 10641 (1864-1945)
FatherMaj Gen Sir Richard STRACHEY FRS GCSI , 10618 (1817-1908)
MotherJane Maria GRANT , 10628 (1840-1928)
ChildrenBarbara Mary , 10560 (1912-1999)
 Christopher , 10639 (1916-1975)
Notes for Rachel Pearsall Conn “Ray” COSTELLOE
Feminist activist and writer

Ray Strachey, née Costelloe (4 June 1887 – 16 July 1940) was a British novelist, born Rachel Costelloe in London, England.

Early life

She is the elder of the two girls in her family. She married at Cambridge on 30 May 1911 the civil servant Oliver Strachey, elder brother of the biographer Lytton Strachey of the Bloomsbury group; other siblings in the Strachey included psychoanalyst James Strachey and novelist Dorothy Bussy née Strachey. Ray's mother-in-law was Jane, Lady Strachey, a well-known authoress and supporter of women's suffrage who co-led the Mud March of 1907 in London.


Most of her publications are non-fiction and dealt with women's suffrage issues. She is most often remembered for her book The Cause. Papers of Rachel Pearsall Conn Strachey (also known as Ray Strachey, née Costelloe) (1887–1940) are held at The Women's Library at London Metropolitan University.


She died in the Royal Free Hospital in London in her early fifties of heart failure, following an operation to remove a fibroid tumour.
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