Mabel alone – after Theodore’s death

The heading of Mabel’s final Chronicle of 1898 reads ‘A lonely useless journey’, suggesting that even if she were not recalling it with bitterness at some later point, then she was well into the trip, alone in her hotel room, when she took out her notebook and began to write. The downbeat tone of the Chronicle continues on (Friday) 11 March 1898 when Mabel leaves Egypt for Athens, arriving there on 13 March. Her diary peters out after four days. Her last chronicled words, after fifteen years of note-taking and with her dead husband clear in her thoughts, are extremely touching in their understatement: ‘Of course I have not neglected the antiquities either’.

However, her (possible) trip along the Nile in 1889/1900 may have seen her back to her old self and ready for adventures new!

They will be added here in due course – meanwhile click on the links to get an idea!


The publication of her classic monograph ‘Southern Arabia’ (1900)

A schedule of her journeys to Palestine in the 1900s and adventures there

Her controversial interfering in Jerusalem and her bookshop there

The notorious ‘Bethel Seal’ incident. Did Mabel ‘plant’ her ceramic seal from the Hadramaut as a token of remembrance for Theodore in the early 1900s and sparking an unsolved mystery?

The publication of her two obscure volumes ‘A Patience Pocket Book’ (1904) & ‘Anglo-Saxons from Palestine: or, the Imperial mystery of the lost tribes’ (1908)

Her involvement in the so-called ‘Garden Tomb’ in Jerusalem and the small pamphlet by A. W. Crawley-Boevey, revised and enlarged Mabel and Miss Hussey, published by the Committee of the Garden Tomb in Jerusalem (1920s).

Mabel’s stays at the Pension Hughes/Hughes’ Hotel, Jaffa Road, Jerusalem, in the early 1900s, perhaps from where she caused some controversy among the expat community and British consular officials.

Links with family and friends in Ireland and elsewhere

Her final years and obituaries

Her legacy