Rosalind Louisa Beaufort Moss

1890 - 1990

British Egyptologist and bibliographer; she was born in Shrewsbury, 21 Sept. 1890, daughter of the Revd Henry Whitehead M., Headmaster of Shrewsbury School and Mary Beaufort; she was educated at Heathfield School, Ascot and at St. Anne’s College, Oxford where she studied anthropology; Diploma, 1917; BSc, 1922; author of The Life after Death in Oceania and the Malay Archipelago, 1925; she took up Egyptology in 1917 and became a pupil of Griffith; at his encouragement she became editor of The Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings in 1924 with B. Porter; she travelled extensively visiting museums and sites with her later assistant Ethel Burney; she edited Vols. I-VII, 1927-51 and the second edition of Vols. I-II, 1960-72 of the Bibliography and collected material for future volumes up to her retirement in 1970; FSA, 1949; Hon. DLitt from Oxford, 1961; Hon. Fellow, St. Anne’s College, Oxford, 1967; a volume of tributes was prepared in her memory, T. G. H. James and J. Malek, A Dedicated Life, 1990; she died in Ewell, Surrey, 22 April 1990.