Mr. Peggoty is a crotchety fisherman who lives in a boat on the beach at Yarmouth with his niece Emily, who abandons him, her brother, and Mrs. Gummidge to elope with Steerforth. Steerforth ultimately leaves Emily and she emigrates with her family to Australia.
Joseph Clayton Clark,"Kyd." The Characters of Charles Dickens. London: Raphael Tuck, 1890.