Timeline: Women write; the Devon text; a Chronological list of names, places and texts
Here you'll find a chronological list with names of some of the women writers who had connections with Devon, information about the place where they lived or stayed, followed by one or more of their writings, followed by the date of printing or publishing, if known and in some cases a link to find out more. In no way is this a definitive list of all the women who may have written in or about Devon up to 1965, but many of them are key to the lost canon of female writers connected with the county.
Margaret Beaufort, Duchess of Richmond, Henry VII’s Mother. Sampford Peverell: Translation of Blanchardine and Eglantine, 1488; Ship of Fools printed, 1509.
Honor Grenville, Viscountess Lisle, (b. ca.1493). married Sir John Bassett of Umberleigh. Keen letter writer, remembered because of The Lisle Letters.
Ursula Fulford, of Great Fulford, may have known Anne Dowrich and may have written or translated early texts.
Anne, Lady Southwell (Harris), Cornworthy, Commonplace Book, early C16.
Priscilla Cotton, Exeter: To the Priests and People of England, 1655.
Lady Ann Clifford, Chudleigh, Pharmacopia, 1690.
Anne Martindall, Colyton, wrote the Dying words of Alice Curwen, circa 1680.
Mary Palmer (1716–1794), Plymouth (See Plymouth's Literary Past) and Torrington. See A Devonshire Dialect
Late C17-end C18
Late C17-end C18
Mary Hunt, Exeter, On Visiting Dunkeswell Abbey, 1786.
Elizabeth Simcoe, Wolford near Honiton, Canadian Diary, 1796.
Maria Susannah Gibbons, East Budleigh, Travels in a Donkey, 1885/7.
Mary Elizabeth Coleridge, Poetry (childhood holidays Halsdon, in Devon).
Mary St Leger Harrison (Lucas Malet), Clovelly, Mrs Lorimer; a Study in Black and White, 1882, The Carissima, 1896.
Mary Patricia Willcocks, Ivybridge and Exeter, The Wingless Victory, 1907, Wings of Desire, 1912.
E.M.Delafield, Cullompton, Zella Sees Herself, 1915, Consequences, 1919, Diary of a Provincial Lady, 1930.
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Nr South Brent, Monolith, 1916.