MOLYNEUX, Mabel (1869-1924). ROYAL ACADEMY OF MUSIC. Bronze medal. Engraved on the reverse “MABEL MOLYNEUX - PIANOFORTE 1892”. 40mm. EF.
Mabel Molyneux was born in 1869 in Twineham, Sussex, one of five children of Rev. William Molyneux (1824-1893) and Jessie Susannah née Hogarth (d.1913). Her father William was a direct descendant of the physician and natural philosopher Sir Thomas Molyneux FRS (1661-1733). Upon graduating M.A. from Oxford, William married Jessie and became Rector of Twineham. Their daughter Mabel became an accomplished pianist in her youth having been taught pianoforte under the German pianist Wilhelm Kuhe (1823-1912), and her skills were recognised in this Royal Academy of Music medal. Mabel later became a nun, and can be traced to St Monica's Priory at Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, a convent of the Canoness Regular of the Order of St. Augustine.