Helen Lefroy, a publishing executive and stalwart of the Jane Austen Society, died 17 May, 2021, aged 100. She was a scion of the Maxwell-Lefroy family, of Itchel Manor.
She was born 18 Apr, 1921, daughter of Capt Cecil Maxwell-Lefroy, CMG, RN [1876-1931], head of that landed family, and his wife Beatrice Wild Clegg [1886-1968].
Her ancestor the Rev George Lefroy was a neighbour of the Rev George Austen, both rectors of adjoining parishes in late 18th-century Hampshire: Austen at Steventon, Lefroy at Ashe. Austen’s daughter was Jane Austen, who was encouraged in her early writing by Lefroy’s wife, Anne.