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Verily Anderson is a Britishmarker writer, best known for writing the screenplay for No Kidding, based on the book Beware of Children, writing Brownie books and writing the genealogy books about the Gurney, Barclay and Buxton families. Verily Bruce was educated at Edgbaston High School for Girls, Birmingham and onto Royal College of Musicmarker in London. She was in the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry between 1938 and 1941. From 2 August 1940, her married name became Verily Anderson. She was with the BBC in TV and radio between 1946 and 2002.

In August 1971, she married Paul Edward Paget. She currently resides in North Norfolk.

Verily was born as Verily Bruce on 12 January 1915. She is the daughter of Francis Rosslyn Courtenay Bruce and Rachel Gurney. She married, firstly, Captain Donald Clive Anderson, son of Frank Anderson, on 2 August 1940.


Children of Verily Bruce and Captain Donald Clive Anderson .

1. Marian Anderson

2. Rachel Anderson is also a writer mostly of Children’s literature

3. Eddie Anderson is a Television Producer.

4. Janie Anderson (now Janie Hampton) is a writer and radio presenter

5. Alexandra Anderson is a writer.

Gurney family history and genealogy

Verily Anderson has written two books about the Gurney, Barclay and Buxton families:

  • Northreppsmarker Grandchildren (ISBN 1-898030-67-7)
    • Northreppsmarker is a large manor house near Cromer, Norfolk, England that has been occupied by the same family for more than eight generations. This family now has thousands of members; many of whom have made their mark on British society. Notable are Thomas Fowell Buxton, of slave emancipation fame, and Elizabeth Fry, the social reformer. For the Buxton, Barclay and Gurney families Northrepps has been a central focus for many years and Verily Anderson recalls life at the house, providing a close-up account of family life through the eyes of the many children that used the house over generations.

  • Friends and Relations (ISBN 1-898030-84-7)
    • This book is a detailed family history of the Gurney family, using information from family records.


Brownie Books

  • Brownies' Day Abroad, published 1984.
  • Brown Cook-Book, published 1974.
  • Towards the Golden Hand. A play for Brownies. Published 1948
  • Magic for the Golden Bar, Published 1953
  • Amanda and the Brownies, Illustrated by Joan Milroy. Published 1960
  • The Brownies and the ponies, Illustrated by Edgar Norfield. Published 1965
  • The Brownies and the Christening, published 1977
  • The Brownies and the wedding day, published 1974
  • Brownies on wheels, published 1966
  • The Brownies and the Golden Hand, Illustrated by Edgar Norfield. Published 1963

Other Children's Books

  • Vanload to Venice, Illustrated by Margaret Ingram. Published 1961
  • Camp Fire Cook-Book published 1976.


  • Our Square, published 1957.
  • Scrambled Egg for Christmas: line drawings by Marian O’Hare , published 1970.
  • Spam Tomorrow, published 1956.
  • Beware of Children, published 1958.
  • Daughters of Divinity, published 1960.
  • Flo Affair, published 1963.
  • Nine Times never, Illustrated by Edward Lewis. Published 1962
  • The Yorks in London. Illustrated by Nathaniel Mayer. Published 1964


  • Last of the Eccentrics: Life of Rosslyn Bruce, published 1972.
  • Northrepps Grandchildren, published 1968.
  • The De Veres of Castle Hedingham, published 1993.
  • Friends and Relations, published 1980

See also


  1. [1]
  3. British Library Catalogue

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