The 257 named authors and recipients of correspondence in The Mary Hamilton Papers, including five named only by initials and not further identified. (There are up to 25 unknown or anonymous correspondents.) The list below is a subset of the complete list (here) extracted from the personography. Some entries have links to authority files (principally VIAF or ODNB) or a short biographical description. Last revised 15 July 2024.





Adolphus Frederick, Prince, Duke of Cambridge

Agnew (née Astley), Anne

  • Dates: c.1748 – 1836
  • Aka: Mrs Astley
  • Biography: Anne Astley was a clergyman's daughter who entered Mary Delany's service as her waiting-woman. She was regarded more as a 'dame de compagnie' than a servant. She was acquainted with the Dewes family. She married Thomas Agnew (1752-1824) in 1791 and worked as housekeeper at Mrs Delany's former house in Windsor after Delany's death in 1788.
  • Project ID: AnA

Aile, Caroline Marie

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: CMA

Albert, George

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: GAlb

Alison (née Gregory), Dorothea Montague

  • Dates: 1754 – 1830
  • Aka: Miss Gregory; Mrs Alison
  • Project ID: DG

Anson, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Biography: Individual members of the Anson family who acted as archivists and annotators, variously Elizabeth or Florence Anson, great-grandchildren of Mary Hamilton and editors of the only printed biography and edition devoted to her (1925), less often their uncle, Sir Archibald Edward Harbord Anson, author of an autobiography (1920) that also makes use of the papers of Mary Hamilton, his maternal grandmother.
  • Project ID: AF

Antrobus, William

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Rev. William Antrobus
  • Biography: Little is known about the family or early life of Reverend William Antrobus. He attended St John’s College, Cambridge, where he earned a Bachelor of Divinity and a Masters. He was an acquaintance of Sir William Wake (the younger). He was also a tutor of Thomas Dawson Junior, Lady Dartrey’s son. Antrobus was a committed member of the church and was ordained as a deacon and later a priest.
  • Project ID: WAn

Argill, Amelia

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Miss Argill
  • Project ID: AmArg

Augusta Sophia, Princess

Augustus Frederick, Prince, Duke of Sussex

Augustus, Prince of Saxe-Gotha

  • Dates: 14 August 1747 – 28 September 1806
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: AugSG



Baldwin (née Maltass), Jane

  • Dates: 26 June 1763 – 1839
  • Project ID: JaBal

Bames, S.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: SBa

Barlow (née Skrine), Anne

  • Dates: ? – 1770
  • Variant spellings: Ann
  • Project ID: AnnB

Barnard, Edward

Beauvoir (née Sharpe, later Douglas), Mary

  • Dates: 26 May 1753 – 20 February 1807
  • Aka: Mrs Beauvoir
  • Brit. Travel Writing
  • Biography: Mary Beauvoir was born on 26 May 1753, only daughter of the MP Fane William Sharpe. In 1782, Mary married Dr Osmund Beauvoir; after his death in 1789, she later remarried to Dr Andrew Douglas in 1791. She had a close relationship with the author Elizabeth Carter, moving in her bluestocking literary circles, and the two women would often travel together. Mary’s second husband, Dr Andrew Douglas, was a brother-in-law of Elizabeth Carter and her physician too. In 1792, the Douglases took a trip to Switzerland and Italy for medicine that would help a health complaint that Mary suffered from, and on their way back they travelled through revolutionary France, documenting their experiences in ‘Notes of a Journey’. Mary died on 20th February 1807. Mary Sharpe and Mary Hamilton were acquaintances from their youth. They wrote to each other about literature, and Sharpe would often invite Hamilton to the theatre. Hamilton confided her unhappiness at Court to Sharpe, and Sharpe wrote at length about her ties with Elizabeth Carter. In February 1783 the two had a disagreement and didn't speak subsequently. Letters in 1789 mention the disagreement and the ending of their relationship.
  • Project ID: MSB

Beckford, William Thomas

Beet, Ann

  • Dates: 16 March 1754 – ?
  • Aka: Mrs Beet
  • Variant spellings: Beete; Beate; Beat
  • Project ID: MrsB

Bentinck (née Cavendish-Harley), Margaret, Duchess of Portland

  • Dates: 11 February 1715 – 17 July 1785
  • Aka: Lady Margaret Harley; Duchess of Portland; Dowager Duchess of Portland
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: MCP

Bentinck, Rudolph

  • Dates: 1738 – 1820
  • Project ID: RuBent

Blosset (né Peckwell), Robert Henry

  • Dates: 26 June 1776 – 1 February 1823
  • Aka: Robert Henry Peckwell; Robert Henry Blosset
  • VIAF; Wikisource; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: RHB

Blosset, Dorothy

  • Dates: 3 October 1739 – 1811
  • Aka: Mrs Blosset
  • Biography: Dorothy Blosset was born c.1739 to Salomon Stephen Blosset and Elizabeth Dorothy le Coq de St Leger. She had three sisters and one brother; she was the eldest sibling. The Blossets were a prominent Huguenot family, with Salomon and his father having been generals in the French Wars of Religion. The family fled their home in Nivernais, France, because of persecution from French Catholics in the early 1730s, and settled in Britain. Dorothy was born in Dublin, Ireland. Dorothy became a Woman of the Bedchamber for the Dowager Princess of Wales c.1780. She died without having married or had children on 11 April 1811. Mary and Dorothy met at Court, and when Mary left, they wrote frequently and extensively to each other. Recurrent topics included literature and theatre, and the two women had many mutual acquaintances and attended many of the same parties.
  • Project ID: DBl

Boscawen (née Glanville), Frances Evelyn

  • Dates: 23 July 1719 – 26 February 1805
  • Aka: Mrs Boscawen
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: FEB

Boswell, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: The Miss Boswells
  • Project ID: Boswells

Boutin , Charles Robert

  • Dates: 10 February 1722 – 20 March 1810
  • Aka: Mr Butin
  • Variant spellings: Butin
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: ChBou

Bowdler, Jane

Bowie, Eleonia

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: EBow

Briggs (née Douglas-Hamilton), Lucretia Charlotte Susanna

  • Dates: 31 July 1783 – 24 January 1848
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Lucretia Charlotte Susanna Douglas-Hamilton was born in 1783 to Charles Powell Hamilton and Lucretia Prosser. In 1828 she married Captain Stephen Briggs. They had one daughter, Helen Eliza Hamilton Briggs. Douglas-Hamilton was a cousin of Mary Hamilton’s and was asked to be a bridesmaid at Hamilton’s daughter’s wedding. Douglas-Hamilton died in 1848.
  • Project ID: LCSH

Bruyêres, J

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Monsieur Bruyêres; Mr Bruyêres; Mr Bruyeres
  • Biography: Mr John Bruyêres was a tutor to the royal princes and wrote to Mary Hamilton several times in 1781 on professional matters.
  • Project ID: MrBr

Burney, Charles

Burrows, Amy

  • Dates: 1730 – 1811
  • Project ID: AmBu

Burrows, John

  • Dates: 1733 – 1 July 1786
  • Aka: Rev. Dr Burrows; 'The Bluestocking Boswell'
  • Variant spellings: Burrowses
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Reverend John Burrows was born in 1733. In 1762 he married Maria Smith. His social circle consisted of such bluestockings as Hannah More and Hester Chapone. He recorded many of the conversations that he heard and participated in bluestocking gatherings. Burrows was the tutor of Matthew Montagu, the nephew of Elizabeth Montagu, and Richard Dawson, the son of Lady Dartrey. He was Rector of St Clement’s Danes in London and Hadley in Middlesex. Burrows died in 1786.
  • Project ID: JoBu



Campbell (née Wynne), Eugenia Josephine

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Biography: Eugenia Josephine Wynne was the daughter of Richard Wynn of Folkingham and Agathe Camille de Royer. She had four sisters, including Harriet Hamilton and Elizabeth Fremantle, who, like Wynne, were diarists. In 1806 Wynne married Robert Campbell, 10th Laird of Skipness. They had three sons and one daughter.
  • Project ID: EJCWyn

Caroline of Brunswick

  • Dates: 17 May 1768 – 7 August 1821
  • Aka: Duchess of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel; Caroline, Princess
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: CBPW

Carter, Elizabeth

Cathcart (née Elliot), Elizabeth

  • Dates: 1762 – 14 December 1847
  • Aka: Lady Cathcart
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Elizabeth Elliot was born c.1762 to Elizabeth Plumsted and Andrew Elliot, lieutenant-governor of New York. In 1779 she married William Schaw, 1st Earl Cathcart. The couple had 9 children. William Schaw was the son of Mary Hamilton’s aunt, Lady Jean Cathcart. Elliot served as a lady of the bed-chamber to Queen Charlotte and lady-in-waiting to three of the princesses. She died in 1847.
  • Project ID: ECath

Cathcart (née Hamilton), Jane, Lady

  • Dates: 19 August 1726 – 13 November 1771
  • Aka: Lady Cathcart
  • Variant spellings: Jean
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Project ID: JC

Cathcart, Archibald Hamilton

  • Dates: bapt. 25 July 1764 – 16 October 1841
  • Aka: Rev. Hon. Archibald Hamilton Cathcart
  • Peerage; Wikisource
  • Biography: Reverend Hon. Archibald Hamilton Cathcart was born in 1764 to Sir Charles Schaw, 9th Lord Cathcart, and Jean Hamilton. He was Mary Hamilton’s cousin and correspondent. They wrote about family news. In 1790 he married Frances Henrietta Fremantle. They had three daughters together. Cathcart was an army officer and MP. He was also a Church of England Clergyman — rector of Methley, Vicar of Kippax, York, and Prebendary of York. He died in 1841.
  • Project ID: AHC

Cathcart, Charles Schaw, 9th Lord

Cautley, Thomas

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: TCaut

Cecil, James

  • Dates: 4 September 1748 – 13 June 1823
  • Aka: Viscount Cranborne; Lord Salisbury; 1st Marquess of Salisbury
  • VIAF; Wikipedia; BM
  • Project ID: JCec

Chapone (née Mulso), Hester

Charlotte Augusta Matilda, Princess Royal

  • Dates: 29 September 1766 – 6 October 1828
  • Aka: Princess Royal; Queen of Württemberg
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: CPR

Charlotte, Queen

Cheveley (née Nevin), Louisa Laetitia

  • Dates: 1742 – 18 June 1807
  • Aka: Mrs Cheveley; Chi-Chi; CheChe
  • Variant spellings: Chevely; Niven
  • Biography: Louisa Laetitia Nevin started work in 1771 at the Royal Household of King George III and Queen Charlotte. Initially a wet-nurse for Prince Ernest Augustus, she continued as a sub-governess at Court until her decision to leave and keep her own house some time after 1782. Her father was John Nevin, who had been a page at Court since 1748, and her younger sister also worked at Court. She married Jerningham Cheveley around 1770. Louisa became good friends with Mary Hamilton, a fellow sub-governess, and the two continued to correspond once they had left the royal court.
  • Project ID: LNC

Clarke, Anna Maria

  • Dates: bapt. 27 February 1750 – ?
  • Aka: Nanny
  • Biography: Anna Maria Clarke was born in Northampton c.1750. She was one of four sisters, the others being Isabella Clarke, Catherine Jackson (née Clarke) and Frances Barnard (née Clarke). Little is known about her parents or her early life. She and her sister Catherine cared for Mary Hamilton’s sick mother in London before her death in 1778. Anna Maria would never marry. She dedicated her time to her publishing and writing work, despite having several bouts of illness in midlife. Along with her sister Isabella, Anna Maria Clarke shared a house with Mary Hamilton in Clarges Street, London, from 1783 to 1785. Anna Maria remained one of Hamilton’s close friends throughout her life. They often corresponded about theatre performances and concerts, as well as works of literature. Anna Maria also maintained extremely close relations with Mary Glover.
  • Project ID: AMC

Clayton (née Fermor), Louisa

  • Dates: 23 February 1731 – 30 June 1809
  • Aka: Lady Louisa Clayton
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Louisa Fermor was born in 1731 to Thomas Fermor, 1st Earl of Pomfret, and Henrietta Louisa née Jeffreys, who were both courtiers. She was the sister of Lady Charlotte Finch, governess to the children of George III, who knew Mary Hamilton through her time at Court. Fermor married William Clayton in 1767, becoming his third wife. They had a son, George, and a daughter, Amelia Anne. They lived at Harleyford Manor, Buckinghamshire. Fermor died in 1809.
  • Project ID: LLC

Compton, Henry?

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: HComp

Corbet, Mary

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: MCorb

Cunnynghame (née Udney), Mary

  • Dates: bapt. 9 October 1754 – ?
  • Aka: Miss Udney; Lady Cunnynghame
  • Variant spellings: Cuninghame
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Mary Udney was born in 1754 to Robert Udney and Mary Hougham. In 1785 she married Sir William Cunnynghame, 4th Baronet, as his second wife. They had four sons and three daughters.
  • Project ID: MUdC



D'Arblay (née Burney), Frances

Dacres, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Miss Dacres
  • Project ID: MissDac

Darnley, E.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: EDarn

Dawson (née Freame), Philadelphia Hannah, Lady Dartrey

  • Dates: 5 January 1740 – 14 April 1826
  • Aka: Lady Cremorne; Lady Dartrey; Baroness Cremorne; Baroness Dartrey
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Philadelphia Hannah Freame was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740 to Margaret Penn and Thomas Freame. Margaret was the daughter of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, and Thomas was the nephew of John Freame, a co-founder of Barclays Bank. In 1770, Philadelphia married the Irish quaker and politician Thomas Dawson, Earl of Dartrey, and they had two children together, Julia and Thomas, both of whom died in 1787 at young ages. It was Thomas Dawson’s second marriage. On 28 May 1770, shortly after their marriage, Thomas Dawson was created Baron Dartrey and thus she became known as Lady Dartrey. From 1783 onwards, she was known as Lady Cremorne. She become acquainted with Mary Hamilton during her time as a Lady-in-waiting to Queen Charlotte, and the two continued to write and meet in person after Mary left Court. They went on trips together, exchanged gossip of mutual friends such as Princess Dashkova and wrote much about books. For long periods, Philadelphia suffered from an eye complaint and so dictated many letters to her servant, Mrs Palfrey. She died in 1826.
  • Project ID: PHD

Dawson, Julia

  • Dates: 6 September 1777 – 7 June 1787
  • Aka: Juliana
  • Biography: Julia Dawson was born in 1777 to Lady Dartrey and Thomas Dawson. Her mother was a close correspondent of Mary Hamilton’s, and Julia herself wrote a letter to Hamilton at a young age. In 1787 she became ill with a cough and died within that year.
  • Project ID: JuDa

Dawson, Thomas, Lord Dartrey

  • Dates: 25 February 1725 – 1 March 1813
  • Aka: 1st and last Viscount Cremorne; Lord Cremorne; Baron Dartrey
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: ThDa

de Guiffardière, Charles

  • Dates: c.1740 – 1810
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: ChdG

de la Fite (née Boué), Marie Elizabeth

  • Dates: 21 August 1737 – 1794
  • Aka: Madame de la Fite
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: MLF

de Saladin (née Egerton), Elizabeth Mary

  • Dates: 10 August 1757 – 27 August 1818
  • Project ID: EEdS

de Salis (née Blosset), Julia Henrietta

  • Dates: 15 August 1741 – 18 January 1819
  • Aka: Mrs de Salis
  • Variant spellings: Harriet
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Julia Henrietta Blosset, known as Harriet, was born in 1741. She was the daughter of Solomon Stephen Blosset of Dublin and Meath, and Elizabeth Dorothy Le Coq St. Leger. In 1768 she was led to believe that she would be married to Sir Joseph Banks once he returned from his journey on the Endeavour. However, by his return in 1771 he had changed his mind. In 1775 she married Henry Jerome de Salis and in 1779 they had their only child, a daughter called Henrietta, who died in 1785. Blosset was friends with Mary Hamilton. They wrote about family and friends, politics and literature. She died in 1819.
  • Project ID: JHdeS

de Salis, Henry Jerome

  • Dates: 20 August 1740 – 2 May 1810
  • Aka: Dr de Salis; Count of the Holy Roman Empire; Rev Henry Jerome de Salis
  • Wikisource; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: HJdeS

de Trotti, Isabelle

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: IdTr

Delany (née Granville, formerly Pendarves), Mary

Delany, Patrick

  • Dates: not before 1685, not after 1686 – 6 May 1768
  • Aka: Dean of Down; Dean Delany; Dr Delany
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: PD

Dewes (née Granville), Anne

  • Dates: 1707 – 1761
  • Variant spellings: D'Ewes
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: AGD

Dewes, Bernard

  • Dates: 1743 – 1822
  • Aka: Mr B. Dewes
  • Variant spellings: Dews
  • Biography: Bernard Dewes was born in 1743. He was the second son of John Dewes and Anne Granville — his siblings were Mary, Court and John. Dewes was the nephew of Mary Delany, who he would meet with regularly and on occasion get advice from. Dewes would write to Mary Hamilton about the health of his aunt. In 1776 he married Anne Delabere. They had five children, including Court and Anne. After Delabere’s death in 1780, Dewes married Judith Beresford. They settled in Hagley in Worcestershire. In 1793 Dewes' brother, Court, died and Dewes inherited his Wellesbourne estate, to which they relocated. He died in 1822.
  • Project ID: BerD

Dewes, Court

  • Dates: 1742 – 1793
  • Aka: Sir Toby Fret
  • Biography: Court Dewes was born in 1742 to John Dewes and Anne Granville. He was a nephew of Mary Delany and a popular figure at Court. He was educated at Balliol College, Oxford. He did not marry or have children, and he died at his Wellesbourne estate in Warwickshire in 1793. He was a frequent correspondent of Anna Seward, an English romantic poet, and a friend and neighbour of Samuel Parr, politician, solicitor and writer. Mary Hamilton met Court when she visited Mary Delany at Bulstrode. According to Mary’s diaries and letters, Delany wished her nephew Court and Mary to marry. Mary and Court did write to each other occasionally after their first meeting, often talking about mutual acquaintances and Mary’s family.
  • Project ID: CD

Dewes, Court

  • Dates: 28 December 1779 – 1848
  • Biography: Court Dewes was born in 1779 to Bernard Dewes and Anne Delabere. His great-aunt was Mary Delany. Neither of his paternal uncles, Court and John, had children, and he was the major heir of both. On inheritance, he changed his surname to Granville. He married Maria Ferrers and they had three children. Dewes died in 1848.
  • Project ID: CtDew

Dickenson (née Chetham), Sarah

  • Dates: 1726 – 1780
  • Aka: Mrs Dickenson
  • Biography: Sarah Chetham was the daughter of Thomas Chetham, from Mellor in Derbyshire. In 1752 she married John Dickenson Snr (of Birch Hall, Manchester and Taxal, Derbyshire). They had three children who survived to adulthood, Sarah, Elizabeth and John (who later married Mary Hamilton). The family lived on their Taxal estate. Chetham was one of Mary Hamilton’s oldest friends. They met when Chetham went to Northampton to visit her cousins, the Lawtons. Their correspondence was about the Dickenson family and Hamilton’s studies. Chetham died in 1780.
  • Project ID: SCD

Dickenson, John, Snr

  • Dates: 15 June 1725 – 18 October 1810
  • Aka: Mr Dickenson; Mr Dickenson Snr; Ampa; Granpa of Taxal; Grand (by Dorothy Blosset); the Guardian; Lord of the Manor of Taxal
  • Biography: John Dickenson Snr was born in 1725 to another John Dickenson and his wife Mary. In 1752 he married Sarah Chetham and they had three children who survived to adulthood, John, Sarah and Elizabeth. Dickenson's estates were Birch Hall, Manchester and Taxal in Derbyshire. Following the marriage of his son to Mary Hamilton, he handed over the Taxal estate to them. Dickenson was a highly regarded and well-liked man. He was Boroughreeve of Manchester in 1749, and Bonnie Prince Charlie slept in his house in Manchester (then 'the best in town'). Some of his later business correspondence is available in A Corpus of late 18c Prose. He died in 1810.
  • Project ID: JDS

Dickenson, John

  • Dates: 22 May 1757 – 11 January 1842
  • Aka: Mr Dickenson; Mr Dickenson Jnr; Mirander; the Dear Blackamoor; the King of Poland; l'Ami du Cœur
  • Biography: John Dickenson was born in 1757. His father was John Dickenson Senior (of Birch Hall, Manchester and Taxal in Derbyshire) and his mother Sarah Chetham, an old correspondent of Mary Hamilton's. He had two sisters, Sarah and Elizabeth. Dickenson married Mary Hamilton in 1785, having proposed to her on a previous occasion in 1780, at which time he was rejected. His family was supportive of their marriage (though his father delayed it for some time), and Dickenson, who was marrying into a higher social standing, was accepted by Hamilton’s social circles. He often communicated his love for Hamilton, they also wrote about social engagements, hunting, literature and health matters, amongst other topics of discussion. In 1787 the two had a daughter, Louisa. Dickenson died in 1842.
  • Project ID: JD

Dickenson, Louisa Frances Mary (later Anson)

  • Dates: 26 January 1787 – 25 July 1837
  • Aka: Miss Dickenson; Little Missy (by Hannah More); Lou (by Dorothy Blosset)
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: LD

Dickenson, Sarah

  • Dates: not after 1768 – 27 May 1836
  • Aka: Miss Dickenson
  • Biography: Sarah Dickenson was the daughter of John Dickenson Senior (of Birch Hall, Manchester and Taxal in Derbyshire) and Sarah Chetham, an old correspondent of Mary Hamilton's. Miss Sarah Dickenson was one of three children. Her brother, John Dickenson Junior, married Mary Hamilton in 1785. Hamilton was therefore Dickenson’s sister-in-law. Dickenson never married and appeared to be content with that. She was buried at her home, Birch Hall.
  • Project ID: SD

Digby (née Gunning), Charlotte Margaret

  • Dates: 1759 – May 1794
  • Aka: Miss Gunning; Astrea
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Charlotte Margaret Gunning was born in Northampton in 1758 to Sir Richard Gunning, 1st Baronet and his second wife Anne (née Sutton). She had one sister, Barbara Evelyn Isabella and one brother, George William. Between 1780-94, she was a maid of honour to Queen Charlotte. In 1790, she married Honourable Colonel Stephen Digby, with whom she had one daughter, Isabella Margaret Digby. Charlotte died in 1794. Charlotte was a close friend of Mary Hamilton’s from court, continuing to correspond with her frequently after leaving court. They talked about literature, parties, and their romantic lives as well as health complaints.
  • Project ID: CMG

Duckworth, […]

  • Dates: ? – 29 July 1783
  • Aka: Miss Duckworth
  • Biography: Miss Duckworth was likely a friend of Lady Dartrey’s. It appears it is through her that Duckworth knew Mary Hamilton. Duckworth died in 1783. No further information has yet been discovered.
  • Project ID: MissDuck



Edward, Prince, Duke of Kent and Strathearn

  • Dates: 2 November 1767 – 23 January 1820
  • Aka: His Royal Highness The Prince Edward
  • Variant spellings: Hanover
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: PE

Egerton, Anne

  • Dates: 14 December 1724 – not before 15 November 1797
  • Aka: Mrs Egerton of Berkeley Square
  • Project ID: AEger

Egerton, Ariana Margaret

  • Dates: c.4 June 1751 – 1827
  • Biography: Ariana Margaret Egerton was born in 1751 to William Egerton (c.1730-1783) and Mary Kirke (c.1730-1810) in Little Gaddeson, Hertfordshire. Her father was an MP for Hindon, Cheshire and Newcastle-under-Lyme. She became a Maid of Honour to Augusta, Dowager Princess of Wales, in 1769. After Augusta died in 1772, Ariana held several roles in the royal household before becoming Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte between 1786 and 1818. She never married or had children and died in 1827. Ariana met Mary Hamilton at Court and the two ladies corresponded frequently, often about fashion, social events and gatherings; Mary Hamilton once gave Ariana advice on how to respond to a letter received by a gentleman. In 1781 the two ladies suffered a disagreement; however, a month later it appears to have been forgotten and frequent correspondence continued.
  • Project ID: AE

Elizabeth, Princess

Ernest, Prince, Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale, King of Hanover

  • Dates: 5 June 1771 – 18 November 1851
  • Aka: King of Hanover; Duke of Cumberland and Teviotdale
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: PrErn



Farhill, John

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • VIAF
  • Biography: John Farhill was born c.1755 and worked as a sub-governor to Prince Edward, son of Queen Charlotte and King George III. Little is known about Farhill’s early life; however, he is documented as having been working in the royal household by 1780. He is likely to have died sometime after 1810. Farhill and Mary Hamilton became acquainted around 1780, and their earliest extant letter refers to a gift of paint that he sent to Mary. A keen poet, John sent Mary many of his ideas and notes to read and give feedback on. However, after 1783 Mary seems to have dropped the friendship as John Farhill’s romantic interest in her became clear.
  • Project ID: JFa

Feilding (née Finch), Sophia

  • Dates: 17 November 1748 – 20 February 1815
  • Aka: Mrs Fielding; Finch Fielding(?); fatty Fielding
  • Variant spellings: Fielding
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Sophia Finch was the daughter of William Finch and Charlotte Fermor. In 1772 she married Charles Fielding. They had four children. From 1779 until her death in 1815 she was a Woman of the Bedchamber to Queen Charlotte. In 1781 a ship she was on was captured by an American vessel and she was briefly taken prisoner. The situation was quickly recovered.
  • Project ID: SF

Finch (née Fermor), Charlotte, Lady

  • Dates: 14 February 1725 – 11 July 1813
  • Aka: Royal governess of King George III's children; Perfecta
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: CF

Finch, Harriet

  • Dates: 1751 – 1818
  • Aka: Henrietta; Enriqueta; Miss Finch; M. F.; bonton Lady
  • Biography: Henrietta (Harriet) Finch was born in 1751 to William Finch and Lady Charlotte Fermor, governess to the daughters of George III. She travelled in Europe but missed England whilst she was away. Finch was a correspondent of Mary Hamilton’s. They wrote about social arrangements and the opera. Finch died in 1818.
  • Project ID: HF

Finch-Hatton (née Murray), Elizabeth Mary, Lady

  • Dates: 18 May 1760 – 1 June 1825
  • Aka: Lady Elizabeth Mary Murray; Eliza Murray
  • Peerage; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: EMFH

Fisher, John

  • Dates: 1748 – 8 May 1825
  • Aka: Bishop of Salisbury; Bishop of Exeter
  • VIAF
  • Biography: John Fisher was born in 1748 to Reverend John Fisher and Elizabeth Laurens. He had one brother, George Bulsteel Fisher. He married Dorothea Freeston Scrivener in 1787 and the pair had three children. He held several positions of responsibility at the court of King George III and Queen Charlotte, including: Preceptor to Prince Edward; Chaplain to the King; deputy clerk of the closet; and tutoring princess Elizabeth in drawing. He was later appointed superintendent of the education of Princess Charlotte of Wales. He became the Bishop of Salisbury in 1807, and was the Bishop of Exeter between 1803 and 1807. He died in 1825. Mary Hamilton and John Fisher became friends at Court and wrote to each other often. They wrote frequently on the theme of visual arts, especially poetry (as John’s bother was a poet), but also art and literature.
  • Project ID: JoF

Fitzgerald (née Feilding), Sophia Charlotte

  • Dates: 1773 – 19 September 1834
  • Variant spellings: Fielding; Sophie
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: SCF

Fitzsimon, Christopher

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: CFitz

Fitzwilliam, Fra.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: FFitz

Flint, William

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Biography: William Flint was associated with the Cathcart Family. He wrote a letter on behalf of Lord Charles Cathcart, 9th Lord, to Mary Catherine Dufresne. The letter informed Dufresne of the death of Lady Jane Cathcart.
  • Project ID: WF

Foote (née Herries), Nina

  • Dates: bapt. 8 May 1774 – 7 April 1835
  • Biography: Nina Herries was baptised in 1774. She was the illegitimate daughter of Sir Robert Herries and Martha Scott. Catherine Herries, her father’s wife, raised her as though she were her own daughter. Catherine was one of Mary Hamilton’s closest friends and Herries would write her own messages in Catherine’s letters to Hamilton. She would also write her step-mother's letters on her behalf when Catherine was unwell. In 1793 Herries married Captain Edward James Foote, Catherine’s brother. The couple had a son and two daughters. In 1801-2, when her husband was away in India, Herries had relations with Owen Jones and became pregnant with his child (who died as an infant in the Spring of 1803). Foote divorced her in 1803 so he could remarry. There was a court case, which Foote won — he was entitled to £5000. The divorce meant Herries and her step-mother became estranged from each other. Herries died in 1835.
  • Project ID: NHF

Foote, Harriet

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: HaFo

Forbes, John

  • Dates: 17 July 1714 – 10 March 1796
  • Aka: Admiral John Forbes
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: JFo

Forester (née Moore), Mary

  • Dates: c.1703 – 24 March 1799
  • Variant spellings: Forrester
  • Biography: Mary Moore was born in 1703 to the Hon. Rev. Henry Moore. In 1759 she married Pulter Forester, Archdeacon of Buckingham. Moore was the godmother of Henry Longueville Mansel. She died in 1799.
  • Project ID: MFor



Garrick (née Veigel), Eva Maria

  • Dates: 29 February 1724 – 16 October 1822
  • Aka: Eva Maria Violette; Mrs Garrick
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: EMG

Garrick, Emma

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Biography: Emma Garrick was the niece of Eva Maria Garrick. She wrote to Mary Hamilton on behalf of her aunt. Any further information is yet to be identified.
  • Project ID: EG

George III, King

  • Dates: 4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820
  • Aka: King George III; The King; Osyiris; Osyris; Mar all
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: KG

George, Prince of Wales (later George IV)

  • Dates: 12 August 1762 – 26 June 1830
  • Aka: King George IV; Prince of Wales; Palemon; young Mar-all; Prince of Scotland; Duke of Rothsay
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: GPW

Gilpin, William

Glover (née Lenton), Eleanor

  • Dates: c.1733 – 1811
  • Aka: Mrs Nestor
  • GPR — Eleanor Glover
  • Biography: Eleanor Lenton was born c.1733. She married Richard Glover, as his second wife, in 1770. They had a daughter. Richard Glover had a previous child, Richard Glover Junior, he and Lenton were not close. Mary Hamilton considered Richard Glover a second father and this closeness extends to Lenton as she appears to be somewhat of a maternal figure to Hamilton. Lenton writes to Hamilton about topics such as Richard Glover’s health and her charitable work. Lenton died in 1811.
  • Project ID: EGl

Glover, Richard

Goldsworthy, Martha Carolina

  • Dates: c.1740 – 1816
  • Aka: Miss Goldsworthy
  • Biography: Martha Carolina Goldsworthy was born c.1740 to Philippa Vanbrugh and Burrington Goldsworthy. Her father had held the position of English consul at Leghorn and Cadiz. She had one brother, Philip, who was Equerry to King George III from 1779. She dedicated most of her life to working at Court with the royal children. She was well-liked in the royal household and seems to have been much more popular amongst the royal children than her counterpart, Miss Gomm. Although she never married or had children, she established a household with Miss Gomm to look after the children of Gomm's brother, William Gomm, after his death. Martha died in 1816. Like Mary Hamilton, Martha was a sub-governess, and the two continued to correspond frequently after Mary left Court, exchanging letters with gossip as well as advice on royal etiquette.
  • Project ID: MCG

Granville (formerly Dewes, née de la Bere), Harriet Joan

  • Dates: 1754 – 1825
  • Aka: Mrs Granville
  • Project ID: HGran

Greville (née Hamilton), Elizabeth

  • Dates: 22 August 1720 – 24 February 1800
  • Aka: Countess of Warwick; Lady Warwick; Dowager Lady Warwick
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: EGr

Greville (née Vernon), Henrietta, Countess of Warwick

  • Dates: August 1760 – 22 April 1838
  • Aka: Lady Warwick; Countess of Warwick
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Henrietta Vernon was born in 1760 to Richard Vernon and Evelyn Leveson-Gower. In 1776 she married George Greville, 2nd Earl of Warwick at Whitehall. She was his second wife. This marriage may have been a means for George Greville to repay the debt he owed Henrietta Greville’s father, as the marriage settlement agreed Richard Vernon be paid £200 each year. The couple had nine children. Greville’s husband was the cousin of Mary Hamilton. Greville died in 1783.
  • Project ID: HGW

Greville, Charles Francis

Greville, George, 2nd Earl of Warwick

  • Dates: 16 September 1746 – 2 May 1816
  • Aka: Lord Greville; 2nd Earl of Warwick; Lord Warwick
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: GGW

Greville, Robert Fulke

  • Dates: 3 February 1751 – 27 April 1824
  • Aka: Lieutenant-Colonel Robert Fulke Greville; Colonel Greville
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: RFG

Gunning, George William

  • Dates: 15 February 1763 – 7 April 1823
  • Aka: ?Benedict
  • Peerage; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: GWG

Gunning, Robert, Sir

  • Dates: 8 June 1731 – 22 September 1816
  • ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: RGu



Hagedorn, Johanna Louisa

  • Dates: ? – 1789
  • Aka: Mrs Hagedorn
  • Variant spellings: Hagerdon; Hagerdorn
  • Biography: Johanna Louisa Hagedorn was a friend of Mary Hamilton’s from Court. In 1761, along with Juliane Elisabeth Schwellenberg, she accompanied (the soon to be) Queen Charlotte from Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Germany) to England, for her wedding to King George III. From 1778 Hagedorn was the second Keeper of the Queen’s Robes, still working alongside Schwellenberg. Hagerdorn left the position in 1786 as she was unwell and her eyesight was deteriorating. Her successor, Frances Burney, was supposedly warned of the cruelty Schwellenberg displayed towards Hagedorn, and was told Hagedorn's poor eyesight was a result of Schwellenberg’s insistence that the windows stay down when they travelled together, no matter the weather. Hagedorn died in 1789.
  • Project ID: JLH

Halsey (née Glover), Mary

  • Dates: 9 February 1767 – 1819
  • Aka: Miss Glover; Miss Nestor
  • Biography: Mary Glover was born in 1767. She was the illegitimate daughter of the writer and politician Richard Glover. In 1787 she married Henry Halsey. He already had two illegitimate children, who Glover liked and attended to. Hamilton was a close friend of Glover’s, and Glover confided in her about this. Glover's sympathy towards Halsey's children may relate to her own experience of having a step-mother, Eleanor Glover (née Lenton), who treated Glover as a daughter. Glover’s father passed away in 1785 and left her his papers. Following this, she dedicated her time to getting his work published. She died in 1819.
  • Project ID: MGl

Hamilton (née Barlow), Catherine, Lady

  • Dates: 1738 – 25 August 1782
  • Aka: Catherine Barlow; Lady Catherine Hamilton
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Biography: Catherine Barlow was born in 1738. In 1758 she married Sir William Hamilton. It was a childless marriage. In 1764 he was appointed as British Ambassador to the court of Naples, and Barlow moved to Naples with him. She was a talented musician who played the spinet, harpsichord and piano. Leopold Mozart praised her musical talent. She was close to Mary Hamilton, her niece by marriage. Barlow died in 1782.
  • Project ID: CaH

Hamilton (née Onslow), Elizabeth

  • Dates: not before 24 January 1732, not after 24 January 1733 – 24 January 1800
  • Aka: Hon. Mrs Hamilton; Mrs Hamilton of Taplow
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Elizabeth Onslow was born in 1732 to Richard Onslow, MP, and Pooley Walton. Her husband was George Hamilton, canon of Windsor. George was the cousin of Charles Hamilton (Mary Hamilton’s father). The couple had ten children. Onslow died in 1800.
  • Project ID: EOH

Hamilton (née Wynne), Harriet

  • Dates: 1784 – ?
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: HaH

Hamilton (née Dufresne), Mary Catherine

  • Dates: ? – 29 November 1778
  • Aka: Mrs Hamilton; Mrs Charles Hamilton
  • Variant spellings: De Fresne
  • Biography: Mary Catherine Dufresne was the daughter of Colonel Dufresne, who was aide-de-camp to Lord Archibald Hamilton. She was married to Charles Hamilton. In 1756 they had their only child, Mary Hamilton. When her husband died in 1771, Dufresne and her daughter moved to Northamptonshire and later London. Relatives and other guardians assisted Dufresne in raising the young Mary Hamilton. In later life she was cared for by her daughter and her daughter’s friends Caterina and Anna Maria Clarke. She died in 1778.
  • Project ID: MCH

Hamilton (née Daniel), Rachel

  • Dates: c.1739 – 22 January 1807
  • Aka: Mrs Hamilton
  • Biography: Rachel Daniel was born c.1739. Little is known about her family or early life. In 1757 she married Frederick Hamilton (Mary Hamilton’s uncle). The couple had three children, Elizabeth, Jane, and Robert. Daniel died in 1807.
  • Project ID: RDH

Hamilton Campbell (née Gunning), Elizabeth, Duchess of Argyll & Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon

  • Dates: bapt. 7 December 1733 – 20 December 1790
  • Aka: Lady Argyll; Duchess of Argyll; 1st Baroness Hamilton of Hameldon
  • Variant spellings: Argyle; Argill
  • VIAF; Wikisource; Wikipedia; ODNB
  • Project ID: EHC

Hamilton, Archibald, Lord

  • Dates: 1673 – 5 April 1754
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Project ID: LArchH

Hamilton, Charles

  • Dates: 29 October 1721 – 10 September 1771
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Charles Hamilton was born in 1721. His father was Lord Archibald Hamilton. Hamilton was a soldier. He was married to Mary Catherine Dufresne. They had their only child, Mary, in 1756. In 1771, when his daughter was 15, Charles Hamilton died.
  • Project ID: ChH

Hamilton, Edward Joseph

Hamilton, Frederick

  • Dates: 1728 – 19 February 1811
  • Aka: my/your Uncle; Uncle Frederick; The Priest
  • Wikipedia; Peerage
  • Biography: Frederick Hamilton was born in 1728 to Lord Archibald and Lady Jane Hamilton, a brother of Mary Hamilton's father. He dedicated much of his life to the church and was Vicar of Wellingborough and Archdeacon of Raphoe. However, he wished for further progression within the church and became frustrated. He married Rachel Daniel in 1757, with whom he had three children who reached adulthood. He had a negative opinion of his son Robert, who was constantly in debt. Distress was also caused by his daughters' (Elizabeth's and Jane's) unhappy marriages. He was a frequent correspondent of both his niece Mary Hamilton and her husband John Dickenson. He lived in Ireland for much of his life before moving to England. He died in 1811 in Bath.
  • Project ID: FH

Hamilton, Henry

Hamilton, M.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Miss M. Hamilton
  • Biography: Ms Hamilton was a guest at Louisa Dickenson’s wedding. Any further information is yet to be identified.
  • Project ID: MHa

Hamilton, Mary

  • Dates: 5 February 1756 – 25 May 1816
  • Aka: Miss Hamilton; Miranda; Hammie; Mrs Dickenson; Mary Dickenson
  • Project ID: MH

Hamilton, William, Sir

Hanbury (née Packe), Charlotte

  • Dates: not before 1750 – c.1815
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Charlotte Packe was the daughter of Charles-James Packe and Charlotte Pochin. In 1778 she married William Hanbury of Kelmarsh. They had two sons, William and John, and a daughter, Anne. Packe died in 1815.
  • Project ID: CPH

Handcock, Martha

  • Dates: ? – 1789
  • Aka: Miss Handcock; Mrs Handcock
  • Variant spellings: Hancock
  • Biography: Miss Handcock was the daughter of William Handcock (senior) and Susan Warburton. It appears she never married. In later life she lived with Elizabeth Vesey, her friend and sister-in-law (through Elizabeth’s first marriage to Miss Handcock’s brother William). Both Elizabeth Vesey and Miss Handcock were friends of Mary Hamilton. Miss Handcock died in 1789.
  • Project ID: MRSHdk

Harpur (née Greville), Frances Elizabeth

  • Dates: 11 May 1744 – 6 February 1825
  • Aka: Lady Harpur
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Biography: Frances Elizabeth Greville was born in 1744 to Francis Greville and Elizabeth Hamilton. She was Mary Hamilton's cousin, and they wrote to each other frequently on topics such as family, friends, charity and religion. In 1762 she married Sir Henry Harpur, 6th Baronet and owner of Calke Abbey. They had children together, including Henry Harpur (later Crewe), born In 1763. Greville died in 1825.
  • Project ID: FGH

Hartley, Mary

  • Dates: 1736 – 7 July 1803
  • Aka: Mrs Hartley
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: MHar

Herries (née Foote), Catherine

  • Dates: 1762 – 4 January 1808
  • Aka: Lady Herries
  • Biography: Lady Catherine Herries was the daughter of Reverend Francis Hender Foote and Catherine Mann. Her first marriage was to Colonel John Ross of Cromarty. After she was widowed, she remarried in 1777, to Sir Robert Herries. She resided at her home on St James Street in London and hosted her own salon. Lady Herries and Mary Hamilton were close correspondents and exchanged gossip and family and general news. However, in later years (from c.1791) the correspondence appears to have become more one-sided: Herries would comment on the lack of communication from Hamilton. Herries died in 1808.
  • Project ID: CFH

Herries, Robert

  • Dates: c.1731 – 25 February 1815
  • Aka: Sir Robert Herries
  • Project ID: RHe

Hill, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Mr Hill
  • Project ID: MrHill

Hind, A.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: AHind

Holman (née Hamilton), Jane

  • Dates: October 1768 – June 1810
  • Aka: Miss Hamilton
  • Biography: Jane Hamilton was born in 1768 to Frederick Hamilton and Rachel Daniel. She was therefore Mary Hamilton’s cousin. She was passionate about music and the arts. She married Joseph Holman, an actor, in 1798. It was an unhappy marriage, and he was away for extended periods of time for work. He left her, ending their marriage. She died in 1810.
  • Project ID: JH

Hope, Charles, Lord Granton

Hope, John

Howard (née Beckford), Elizabeth

  • Dates: ? – 13 October 1791
  • Aka: Countess of Effingham; Lady Effingham
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: ElBeck

Howard, George

  • Dates: 17 June 1718 – 16 July 1796
  • Aka: Field Marshal Sir George Howard
  • Peerage; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: GeHow

Hunter (née Napier), Mainie-Schaw

Hussey, Thomas

Iremonger (née Morgan, formerly Dunbar), Penelope

  • Dates: not before 16 February 1731, not after 16 February 1732 – 16 February 1829
  • Aka: Mrs Iremonger
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Penelope Morgan was born c.1730 to Catherine and Mark-Anthony Morgan. She became Penelope Dunbar after her first marriage. In 1770, she married Joshua Iremonger III as his third wife. The couple had no children together; however, Penelope helped to care for her husband’s children from previous marriages and had a close relationship with them. She died in 1829. Penelope and Joshua Iremonger III were long-time friends of Mary Hamilton’s. They wrote to each other frequently about royal gossip, mutual friends and acquaintances, and their families.
  • Project ID: PDI

Iremonger, Elizabeth

  • Dates: 1757 – 1826
  • Aka: Miss E. Iremonger
  • Biography: Elizabeth Iremonger was born in 1757 to Joshua Iremonger III and his second wife, Elizabeth Lacey. Her mother died just three years after her birth and her father later remarried to Penelope Morgan. Like her father and Morgan, Iremonger corresponded with Mary Hamilton. They wrote about news of friends, the royal family, her father’s health, and literature. Iremonger died in 1826.
  • Project ID: EI

Iremonger, Joshua

  • Dates: 1717 – 31 December 1804
  • Aka: Joshua Iremonger III
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Joshua Iremonger III was born in 1717 to Sarah Lascelles and Joshua Iremonger II. Joshua was married three times: first to Delicia Fryer in 1742, next to Elizabeth Lacey in 1752 and finally to Penelope Dunbar (née Morgan) in 1770. He died on 31st December 1804. Penelope and Joshua Iremonger III were long-time friends of Mary Hamilton’s. They wrote to each other frequently about royal gossip, mutual friends and acquaintances and their families.
  • Project ID: JI3

Isted, Barbara

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: BarbI



Jackson (née Clarke), Caterina

  • Dates: bapt. 2 May 1753 – 10 July 1786
  • Aka: Mrs Jackson, Katerina
  • Variant spellings: Katerina
  • Biography: Catherine (or Caterina) Jackson (née Clarke) was born in Northampton c.1750. She was one of four sisters, the others being Anna Maria and Isabella Clarke and Frances Barnard (née Clarke). Little is known about her early life. She married John Jackson in 1778. The couple had three children together before her unexpected death in 1786. Catherine was extremely good friends with Mary Hamilton and, along with her sister Anna Maria, cared for Mary Hamilton’s sick mother in London before her death in 1778. On the day of her wedding to John Jackson, Mary Hamilton gifted her a wedding ring that had once belonged to her own mother.
  • Project ID: CC

Jackson, Frances

  • Dates: 2 October 1783 – ?
  • Aka: Fanny Jackson
  • Biography: Frances (Fanny) Jackson was born in 1783 to Caterina Clarke and John Jackson. She had two sisters, Katherine and Mary. Her family were close correspondents of Mary Hamilton’s.
  • Project ID: FJ

Jackson, John

  • Dates: ? – not before 3 April 1797, not after 25 April 1797
  • Biography: John Jackson worked as an attorney and was involved in politics. Little is known about his early life. In 1779 he married Caterina Clarke, a close friend of Mary Hamilton's. The couple had three daughters, Katherine, Mary and Fanny, and a son, Henry, who passed away around the age of four. Jackson was a friend of John Dickenson, and they wrote on politics and family news. Jackson died in 1797.
  • Project ID: JJa

Jackson, Mary Johanna

  • Dates: 19 September 1781 – ?
  • Biography: Mary Johanna Jackson was born in 1781 to Caterina Clarke and John Jackson. She had two sisters, Katherine and Fanny. Jackson wrote to Mary Hamilton about her social engagements, the health of her aunt, Anna Maria Clarke, and about an incident in which Jackson kept Bishop Horseley company one night after the death of his wife, which invited a lot of gossip. Hamilton spoke to Jackson about it, hoping to advise her, as she cared for her greatly due to her love for Jackson’s mother.
  • Project ID: MJ

Jenner, Charles

  • Dates: bapt. 1 May 1736 – 11 May 1774
  • Aka: Revd. Mr. Jenner
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: CJenn

Johnson, Samuel

  • Dates: 18 September 1709 – 13 December 1784
  • Aka: Dr Johnson
  • Variant spellings: Johnston(e)
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: DrSJ

Johnston (née West), Henrietta Cecilia, Lady

  • Dates: 1730 – 1817
  • Aka: Lady Cis
  • Biography: Henrietta Cecilia West was born in 1730 to John West, 7th Baron De La Warr, and Lady Charlotte McCarthy. In 1763 she married General James Johnston. They had a daughter, Caroline, and a son, Henry-George. West was a friend of Mary Hamilton’s. She died in 1817.
  • Project ID: HCJ

Jones, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Miss Jones
  • Project ID: MissJon

Jones, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Mr Jones
  • Project ID: MrJon



Keith, Robert

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Biography: Robert Keith wrote to Mary Catherine Hamilton (Mary Hamilton's mother) in 1771, after hearing of her husband’s death. It appears he was an old friend of the Hamiltons'. No further information has yet been discovered.
  • Project ID: RoK

Kerr (née Tompson), Mary

  • Dates: 1754 – 1841
  • Project ID: MTKerr

Kerr, William

  • Dates: 12 January 1738 – 4 September 1824
  • Aka: Dr Kerr
  • Biography: William Kerr was born in Scotland. After having served in the army, he became a surgeon at Northampton Infirmary from 1763 until 1821. Through his profession but also his marriages, William Kerr developed strong ties to Northampton. The family of his first wife, Charlotte Dicey, sold patent medicines and owned the local Northampton newspaper. Kerr's second wife, Mary Tompson, was the daughter of George Tompson (1722-1786), mayor of Northampton in 1753. He and his family wrote frequently to Mary Hamilton, as they were long-time friends of hers from Northampton.
  • Project ID: DrKerr

Kinderley, John

  • Dates: c.1745 – 1814
  • Biography: John Kinderley was born c.1745. Little is known about his family or early life. He was a solicitor of Bedford Row. He was solicitor for the Warren and Jackson families. He was the executor of John Jackson’s will and co-guardian of his daughters. Kinderley died in 1814.
  • Project ID: JKi

King, Anne

  • Dates: 10 January 1735 – October 1797
  • Aka: Miss King
  • Biography: Anne King was born in 1735 to Catherina Troy and Thomas King, 5th Baron of Ockham. She was the sister of Wilhelmina Murray, who was a correspondent of Mary Hamilton’s. King died in 1797.
  • Project ID: AK

Kirkgate, Thomas

  • Dates: 1734 – 1810
  • Wikisource
  • Biography: Thomas Kirkgate was born in 1734. Between 1765 and 1789 he worked as a printer at Strawberry Hill Press for Horace Walpole. Alongside the work of Walpole, Kirkgate also printed the work of other authors, such as Hannah More and Anne Temple-Greville. Kirkgate would write letters to Mary Hamilton on behalf of Walpole. Kirkgate was also a close associate of the artist and publisher Silvester Harding. He died in 1810.
  • Project ID: ThKir

Knollys (née Law), Mary Catherine

  • Dates: c.1711 – 14 October 1790
  • Aka: Lady Wallingford
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Mary Catherine Law was born c.1711 to John Law and Katherine Knollys. For an extended period during her childhood, Law lived in France because her father worked there as a finance minister. She became fluent in French. In 1734 she married her cousin, Major William Knollys, Viscount Wallingford. Her title became Viscountess Wallingford. Law was a member of the Bulstrode circle. In 1738 she stayed at Bulstrode with the Portlands. She corresponded with Elizabeth Montagu, in both English and French, about politics and society. Law died at her home in London in 1790.
  • Project ID: LWall



Langham, E.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: MrsLang

Leland (née Upton), Anne

  • Dates: 1722 – 1797
  • Aka: Mrs Leland
  • Biography: Anne Leland (née Upton) was born in 1722 to Richard Upton, Captain of the East Indiaman London and his partner [or, wife, it is unclear]. In 1763, she married John Leland of Strood Park, Sussex, who was the son of Ralph Leland of Dublin. Anne and John had no children together, and Anne died in 1797. Her husband died in 1808. She worked for the King and Queen for most of her life, in various roles. She met Mary Hamilton at the court of King George III and Queen Charlotte, and the two continued to write after Mary’s departure. Anne often wrote of family news and of stories that her husband, a soldier, brought home with him from foreign countries. She also wrote frequently with news of the royal family.
  • Project ID: ALe

Lettice, John

Litchfield, Ann

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Miss Litchfield; Clara; The Kitten
  • Biography: Ann Litchfield was from Northampton. Little is known about her family or her early life. She was a close friend of Mary Hamilton, who often sent her extracts from her personal diary.
  • Project ID: ALi

Lovett, Jonathan

  • Dates: ? – 12 January 1812
  • Aka: 1st Baronet Lovett
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Jonathan Lovett of Liscombe was the son of Jonathan Lovett Senior and Eleanor Mansergh. In 1775 Lovett married his cousin, Sarah Darby. They had a son, Robert Turville Jonathan, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Letitia. In 1781 he was created 1st Baronet Lovett. He was later offered a peerage. However, he declined, as his only son, Robert, had died in 1807, so that he had no male issue to inherit his rank or title. Lovett died in 1812.
  • Project ID: JLo

Lyster, C

  • Dates: not after c.1770 – ?
  • Variant spellings: Lister
  • Project ID: CLyst



Mainwaring, Jane

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: JMain

Montagu (née Robinson), Elizabeth

  • Dates: 2 October 1718 – 25 August 1800
  • Aka: Mrs Montagu; Attica
  • Variant spellings: Montague
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: EM

More, Hannah

More, Martha

  • Dates: 1747 – 1819
  • Aka: Patty
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: MrtM

More, Sarah

  • Dates: 1743 – 1819
  • Aka: Sally
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: SaM

Morrice, Caroline

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Mrs Morrice; Morris
  • Project ID: MrsMor

Mullins (née Dayrolles), Christabella

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Miss Day Rolls
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: CDM

Murray (née Cathcart), Louisa

  • Dates: bapt. 1 July 1758 – 11 July 1843
  • Aka: Countess of Mansfield; Lady Stormont
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: LCM

Murray (née King), Wilhelmina

  • Dates: 4 March 1738 – 29 December 1795
  • Aka: Miss Wilhelmina King
  • Biography: Wilhelmina King was born in 1738 to Catherina and Thomas King (Baron of Ockham). In 1784, she married George Murray, a grandson of John Murray, 1st Duke of Atholl, and the couple didn’t have any children. Wilhelmina appears to have become acquainted with Mary Hamilton at the court of King George III. They frequently wrote to each other on topics such as royal gossip and dinner parties.
  • Project ID: WM

Murray, Anne

  • Dates: ? – 9 July 1818
  • Aka: Lady Anne Murray
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Anne Murray was the daughter of David Murray, 6th Viscount Stormont, and Anne Stewart. She was the niece of William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield. From c.1763 onwards, Murray lived on his Kenwood estate. When her uncle died in 1793, her brother, David, succeeded him as Earl of Mansfield, and Murray gained the title Lady. Murray corresponded with Mary Hamilton about their families, visits, and news of acquaintances, such as the death of the Duchess of Portland. Murray died in 1818.
  • Project ID: AnnM

Murray, Caroline

  • Dates: 17 January 1790 – 21 January 1867
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Caroline Murray was born in 1790. She was the only daughter of Lord and Lady Stormont (David Murray and Louisa Cathcart). Lady Stormont was Mary Hamilton’s cousin. Murray had four brothers and several half-siblings. She died in 1867.
  • Project ID: CaMu

Murray, David, 2nd Earl of Mansfield

  • Dates: 9 October 1727 – 1 September 1796
  • Aka: Lord Stormont; The Viscount Stormont; 2nd Earl of Mansfield
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: DM

Murray, George

  • Dates: 8 April 1780 – 1848
  • Aka: Little George
  • Peerage
  • Biography: George Murray was born in 1780 to David Murray, 2nd Earl of Mansfield and 7th Viscount Stormont, and Louisa Cathcart. His mother was Mary Hamilton’s cousin and close correspondent. Murray achieved the rank of lieutenant-general in the army. He died in 1848.
  • Project ID: GeMu

Murray, James

  • Dates: 19 March 1734 – 19 March 1794
  • Aka: Lieutenant General Murray
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: JM

Murray, John

  • Dates: 30 June 1755 – 29 September 1830
  • Aka: 4th Duke of Atholl; 4th Marquess of Tullibardine
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: JMu

Murray, Margery

  • Dates: ? – 19 April 1799
  • Aka: Miss May Murray; Murray, Marjory, Lady
  • Variant spellings: Marjory
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: MarMur



Napier (née Clavering), Maria Margaret, Lady

  • Dates: c.1756 – 29 December 1821
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Maria Margaret Clavering was born in 1756 to Lieutenant-General Sir John Clavering and Lady Diana West. In 1784 she married Francis Scott, 8th Baron Napier of Merchistoun. Francis Napier was a close friend of Hamilton’s and referred to her as his sister, his father having acted as Hamilton's guardian, and at the time of her marriage, Clavering expressed herself keen to be included in their friendship. She and her husband had nine children. She died in 1821 at her home, Dacre Lodge in Middlesex.
  • Project ID: MMCN

Napier (née Cathcart), Mary Anne, Lady

  • Dates: 26 October 1727 – 11 July 1774
  • Aka: Mrs Napier
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Biography: Mary Anne Cathcart was born in 1727 to Lord Charles Cathcart and Marian Schaw. In 1754 she married William, 7th Lord Napier of Merchistoun. The couple had five children. Cathcart was the sister-in-law of Mary Hamilton’s aunt, Jane Cathcart. This connection led to Cathcart’s husband becoming Hamilton’s guardian. Napier died in 1774.
  • Project ID: MAN

Napier, Charles

  • Dates: 24 October 1794 – 15 December 1874
  • Project ID: ChasNap

Napier, Francis Scott, 8th Lord

Napier, William, 7th Lord

  • Dates: 1 May 1730 – 2 January 1775
  • Aka: Lord Napier
  • Peerage; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: WN7

Nevin, Maria Matilda

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Neve
  • Variant spellings: Niven; Nevè
  • Biography: Maria Nevin was the younger sister of Mrs Louisa Cheveley. From 1773 she worked at Court as Dresser to the Princesses.
  • Project ID: MMNvn

Newell, Thomas

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Dr Thomas Newell
  • Project ID: ThoNew

Newton (née Vaughan, later Hand), Elizabeth

  • Dates: 1722 – not before 10 January 1785
  • Biography: Elizabeth Vaughan was born in 1722 to John Vaughan, Viscount Lisburne, and Lady Malet Wilmot. She had five siblings. Vaughan was married and widowed twice. Her first husband was Watson Hand, who she married in 1745. After his death, she became the second wife of Thomas Newton, Bishop of Bristol, in 1761. Through her second husband, Vaughan became acquainted with Mary Hamilton. She wrote to Hamilton about wishing to see her, about her and her husband's health, and on news of mutual friends.
  • Project ID: ENVH

Newton, Thomas

  • Dates: 1 January 1704 – 14 February 1782
  • Aka: Bishop of Bristol
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: TNBB

Nicolls, Sarah

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Sally; Miss Sarah Nicolls
  • Variant spellings: Nicholls
  • Project ID: SaN

O'Brien (née Palmer), Mary

  • Dates: 4 December 1750 – 7 September 1820
  • Aka: Miss Palmer; Mrs O'Brien; Countess of Inchiquin
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: MPalm

Ord (née Dillingham), Anna

  • Dates: 1726 – 29 April 1808
  • Aka: Mrs Ord
  • Variant spellings: Orde; Ann; Anne
  • Biography: Ann Dillingham was born in 1726, the daughter of William Dillingham. She married William Ord, who had become wealthy from the mines on his inherited estate. In the late 1780s in the space of two years she lost her husband and three daughters. She also lost a son, who was a soldier and died at war. She had five other children, in addition to the aforementioned four. She moved to London after her husband's death, where she was hostess to many of the bluestockings. She was well educated, particularly in languages. She would read in French, Italian and English. She died in 1808.
  • Project ID: ADO

Oslam, J.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: JOslam

Oxendon, […]

  • Dates: ? – not after 1784
  • Project ID: MrO



Palfrey, Elizabeth

  • Dates: c.1743 – 5 December 1811
  • Aka: Mrs Palfrey; Lady Cremorne's old faithful servant
  • Biography: Elizabeth Palfrey was born in 1743. She was a long-serving servant of Lady Dartrey’s (later Lady Cremorne). Dartrey was friends with Mary Hamilton from Court. Palfrey would write letters to Hamilton on Dartrey's behalf when she suffered problems with her eyes. Palfrey died in 1811.
  • Project ID: EP

Palombi (née Dickenson), Elizabeth

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Eliza
  • Biography: Elizabeth Dickenson was born to John Dickenson Senior (of Birch Hall, Manchester, and Taxal in Derbyshire) and Sarah Chetham, an old correspondent of Mary Hamilton's. Dickenson's brother, John Dickenson Junior, married Mary Hamilton in 1785. Hamilton was therefore Dickenson’s sister-in-law. In 1791, Dickenson married Chevalier Giovanni Domenico Palombi and they moved to Naples. The couple had 5 children. Elizabeth wrote of her children, their qualities and their health, alongside other topics such as the war and political unrest in Naples.
  • Project ID: EDP

Parker (née Drake), Mary

  • Dates: c.1761 – 1 January 1823
  • Aka: Lady Parker; Countess of Macclesfield
  • Peerage; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: MDP

Parkin, […]

  • Dates: not after c.1734 – ?
  • Aka: Mrs Parkin
  • Project ID: MrsPrk

Peckwell (née Blosset), Isabella

  • Dates: 1752 – 28 November 1816
  • Aka: Bella
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: IBP

Penn (née Fermor), Juliana

  • Dates: 21 May 1729 – 20 November 1801
  • Aka: Lady Juliana Penn
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: LJuPe

Pennington, Montagu

  • Dates: 21 December 1762 – 5 April 1849
  • Project ID: MontP

Planta, Margaret

  • Dates: 1754 – 24 October 1834
  • Aka: Peggy; Planny; Miss Planta
  • Biography: Margaret Planta was born in 1754 to the Rev. Andrew 'Andrea' Planta, who worked as a tutor and teacher in various countries before moving to London in 1752 where he later started working for the British Museum. Her sister Frederica was a teacher at the royal court, where she died in 1778. Margaret Planta took over after her death and taught English to the Royal Prince and Princesses. Amongst the children, she was known as Planny or Peggy. She became close friends with Mary Hamilton at Court as the two women shared the same job title. Margaret even took over some of Mary Hamilton’s duties whilst Mary Hamilton was away from Court. The two wrote frequently to each other of royal gossip and family news.
  • Project ID: MPP

Preston, M.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Mrs Preston
  • Project ID: MPrest



Roberts, William Hayward

  • Dates: not after 11 August 1734 – 5 December 1791
  • Aka: Provost of Eton; Chaplain to George III
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: WHR

Roe (née Sorrell), Elizabeth

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: ESR

Rogers, Ann

  • Dates: ? – not before October 1784
  • Aka: Mrs Rogers
  • Biography: Ann Rogers lived in Northampton, where she was the next-door neighbour to Mary Hamilton. In 1784 she described herself as an ‘old woman’ and died later that year.
  • Project ID: MrsRog

Ross (née Gunning), Barbara Evelyn Isabella

  • Dates: bapt. 28 February 1766 – ?
  • Aka: Bell
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Barbara Evelyn Isabella (‘Bell’) Gunning was baptised (and likely born) in February 1766. Her parents were Sir Robert Gunning and Anne Sutton. She had two siblings, Charlotte Margaret and George William. Charlotte was a correspondent of Mary Hamilton's. Gunning moved to Nancy, France for a period of time c.1785. In 1796 she married General Alexander Ross.
  • Project ID: BEIG

Rudemare, Jacques-Henri

  • Dates: 1758 – 1841
  • VIAF
  • Project ID: JHRude

Rundell (née Ketelby), Maria Eliza

  • Dates: 14 April 1747 – 16 December 1828
  • Aka: Mrs Rundell; Maria Statira Elizabeth Farquharson Ketelby
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: MERu

Rundell, Maria

  • Dates: not after 1771 – not before 1828
  • Aka: Miss Rundle; Mrs Bigge
  • Biography: Maria Rundell was the daughter of Thomas Rundell and Maria Eliza Kettelby (who was the author of the book Domestic Cookery). Rundell was the eldest child and had seven siblings. Rundell (and her mother) resided in Bath. The Rundell family were well acquainted with John Dickenson, Mary Hamilton’s husband. Rundell writes to Hamilton about news of family and friends, and about literature. In 1792 Rundell married Thomas Bigge. They had eight children.
  • Project ID: MarRu

Russell (née Gordon), Georgiana

  • Dates: 18 July 1781 – 24 February 1853
  • Aka: Duchess of Bedford
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: GGR

Russell, John, 6th Duke of Bedford

  • Dates: 30 September 1766 – 20 October 1839
  • Aka: Lord Tavistock
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: JRusB



Sandford (née Chapone), Sarah

  • Dates: 1731 – ?
  • Aka: Mrs Sandford; Sally
  • Variant spellings: Capon
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: SSC

Schram, Christopher

  • Dates: 1765 – 15 October 1829
  • Biography: Christopher Schram was born in 1765. He was a cellist and was considered an eminent performer. Schram worked alongside his 3 brothers Vitius, Martin and Simon. They worked as musicians for the Hon. H. Fitz. Morice and later alongside Baumgarten at Wynnstay for Sir Watkins Williams-Wynn. Following this, Schram and the latter two brothers were part of the royal band of the Prince of Wales, the future George IV. Schram wrote a letter to John Dickenson, husband of Mary Hamilton, on behalf of Prince George. He died in 1829.
  • Project ID: CSch

Schwellenberg, Juliane Elisabeth

  • Dates: 1728 – 7 March 1797
  • Aka: Madame Schwellenberg; Mrs Schelenberg; Schelenbergen; Mrs Schewllenberg; Schewlenberg; Schewlengberg
  • Variant spellings: von Schwellenberg; Juliana Elizabeth
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Biography: Juliane Elisabeth von Schwellenberg was born in 1728 in Mecklenburg-Strelitz (Germany). In 1761 she was selected by (the soon to be) Queen Charlotte to accompany her to Great Britain for her wedding. Once in Great Britain, she became the keeper of robes to the Queen, as well as a Woman of the Bedchamber. She held much influence at Court, and many other staff saw her as a gatekeeper to Queen Charlotte and her patronage, which led to antagonistic relationships with several other staff (including, famously, with Frances Burney). She died in 1797. Although a controversial figure, she and Mary Hamilton wrote to each other from time to time and appear to have got on well. After Mary Hamilton left Court, there are letters from Schwellenberg dated in 1789, passing on royal gossip and news.
  • Project ID: JES

Sergison (née Kerr), Mary Ann

  • Dates: 1767 – 1804
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: MAKerr

Seroux d'Agincourt, Jean Baptiste Louis Georges

  • Dates: 5 April 1730 – 24 September 1814
  • Variant spellings: Séroux; Ajincourt
  • VIAF; Wikisource; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: JSdA

Smelt (née Campbell), Jane

  • Dates: ? – 1790
  • Aka: Mrs Smelt
  • Biography: Jane Campbell was baptised in 1720. In 1744 she married Leonard Smelt, deputy governor to the princes. Campbell and her husband were close friends with Mary Hamilton from her time at Court. The couple had two daughters, Dorothy and Anne Jesse. Campbell died in 1790.
  • Project ID: JaS

Smelt, Leonard

Smith (née Burrows), Mary

  • Dates: 1729 – 5 April 1782
  • Aka: Miss Burrows; Mrs Culling Smith
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: MCS

Smith, Harriet

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: HaSmi

Sophia Frederica, Princess

  • Dates: 24 August 1758 – 29 November 1794
  • Aka: Sophia Frederica of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; Duchess of Mecklenburg-Schwerin; Duchess of Scwerin
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: SFMS

Southwell (née Campbell), Sophia

  • Dates: 1743 – 1828
  • Aka: Lady de Clifford
  • Peerage
  • Project ID: SCS

Spencer (née Poyntz), Margaret Georgiana

  • Dates: 27 April 1737 – 18 March 1814
  • Aka: Countess Spencer; Lady Spencer
  • VIAF; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: GPo

Stanhope (née Grenville), Louisa

  • Dates: 28 July 1758 – 7 March 1829
  • Aka: Miss Harry Grenville; Lady Mahon; Countess Stanhope
  • VIAF; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: LGren

Stephenson, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Mrs Stephenson
  • Project ID: MrsSteph

Stopford (née Powys), Mary

  • Dates: ? – 3 January 1810
  • Aka: Lady Courtown; Countess Mary Courtown
  • Variant spellings: Powis
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: MPS

Stuart (née Penn), Sophia Margaret Juliana

  • Dates: 25 December 1764 – 29 April 1847
  • VIAF; Peerage
  • Project ID: SPS

Swift, Jonathan



Tennant, […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: Tenn

Tollemache (née Stratford, later Halliday), Elizabeth

Tufnell (née Farhill), Mary

  • Dates: 1732 – not after 1818
  • Project ID: MT

Upper Ossery, Anna

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: AUOss

Vesey (née Vesey, later Handcock), Elizabeth

Vesey, Agmondesham

Villeneuve, René

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: RenV



Waddington (née Port), Georgina Mary Anne

  • Dates: 16 September 1771 – 1850
  • Aka: Mary Anne; Miss Port
  • Variant spellings: Georgiana Mary Anne
  • Biography: Georgina Mary Anne Port was born in 1771 to John Sparrow Port and Mary Dewes. She was predominantly raised in Windsor by her great-aunt, Mary Delany, who hoped to raise her as the perfect lady. Port married Benjamin Waddington in 1789. It was an arranged marriage. They had 6 children together. Port corresponded with Mary Hamilton both about Mary Delany and on her behalf. Port was also a friend of the writer Frances (Fanny) Burney. She died in 1850.
  • Project ID: MAP

Wake (née Fenton), Mary, Lady

  • Dates: c.1744 – 10 December 1823
  • Aka: Lady Wake; the Snow-ball
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Mary Fenton was born c.1744 to Richard Fenton of Banktop, Yorkshire, and his wife Anne Fenton (née Brooke). She married Sir William Wake, 8th Baronet, in June 1865 and became known as Lady Mary Wake. The couple had four children, including William Wake, 9th Baronet. She died in 1823. Mary Wake and Mary Hamilton had been long acquainted, being neighbours in Northampton when they were younger. They wrote to each other regarding theatre and their mutual friends, as well as musing upon what it meant to have a friendship. Also discussed is the affection that Mary Wake’s son, William, held for Mary Hamilton. She rejected his advances several times, and the two women discussed this extensively.
  • Project ID: MFW

Wake, William, 8th Baronet

  • Dates: 1742 – 29 October 1785
  • Aka: Sir William Wake, 8th Baronet
  • Wikipedia
  • Project ID: WW1

Wake, William, 9th Baronet

  • Dates: 5 April 1768 – 27 January 1846
  • Aka: Sir William Wake, 9th Baronet
  • Peerage; Janus
  • Project ID: WW2

Walker, Annabella

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: AnblW

Walkinshaw, Catherine

  • Dates: ? – 11 November 1794
  • Aka: Mrs Walkinshaw
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Catherine Walkinshaw was a daughter of John Walkinshaw of Barrowfield and Katharine Paterson. One of her nine sisters, Clementina, was the mistress of Charles Edward Stuart. Walkinshaw also had connections to the royal family, as she worked as a Woman of the Bedchamber to the Dowager Princess of Wales from 1737 until the princess’s death in 1772. Walkinshaw never married. Many of her letters to Mary Hamilton relate to the royal family, but they also discuss more personal topics such as news of friends and family. She died in 1794.
  • Project ID: CaW

Walpole, Horace, 4th Earl of Orford

  • Dates: 24 September 1717 – 2 March 1797
  • Aka: Horatio; 4th Earl of Orford; 4th Viscount Walpole; Baron Walpole of Walpole; Pliny
  • VIAF; Wikisource; ODNB; Wikipedia
  • Project ID: HW

Warren (née Jackson), Katherine

  • Dates: 20 April 1780 – 14 November 1803
  • Aka: Katherine Warren; Little Kitty
  • Biography: Katherine Jackson was born in 1780 to Caterina Clark and John Jackson. She had two sisters, Fanny and Mary. In 1801 she married Bentley Warren, who worked as an attorney in Uppingham. Mary Jackson described the marriage as one of real affection. She also noted the significant age difference between Jackson and Warren. The couple had two daughters, Mary Anne and Katherine Frances. The Jackson family were all close friends with Mary Hamilton. Katherine Jackson wrote about invitations to see Hamilton, her marriage and her elder daughter. Jackson died in November of 1803, a week after giving birth to her second child.
  • Project ID: KJ

Warton, Joseph

Webb (née Salvin), Mary C.

  • Dates: 1741 – 22 July 1782
  • Aka: Lady Webb; Clementina; Miss Salvin of York
  • Variant spellings: Salvain
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Mary Salvin was born in 1741 to Thomas Salvin of Easingwold. Around 1759 she married Sir John Webb, 5th Baronet of Odstock. They had one child, Barbara. Salvin and Hamilton met when Hamilton was visiting Spa in 1776. They became friends and would write about society and Salvin’s travels in Europe. She died in France in 1782.
  • Project ID: LWebb

Wentworth, Charlotte

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Aka: Lady Charlotte Wentworth
  • Project ID: ChWent

William, Prince, later William IV, King

Wynn (née Hamilton), Elizabeth

  • Dates: 5 June 1765 – 1843
  • Peerage
  • Biography: Elizabeth Hamilton was born in 1765 to Rev. Hon. George Hamilton and Elizabeth Onslow. She was one of ten children. Her father was the cousin of Charles Hamilton (Mary Hamilton’s father). In 1793 she married Glynn Wynn, MP. It was a childless marriage. Hamilton died in 1843.
  • Project ID: EHaW


no surname

A., A.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: AA

A., […]

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: A

B., H. A.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: HAB

C., C.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: CCunknown

H., G.

  • Dates: ? – ?
  • Project ID: GH

unidentified or uncertain

  • Project ID: tbc