Hamilton, Mary, Lady, 1739-1816

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Lady Mary Hamilton (1739-1816), novelist; author of Munster Village (1778).

From the description of Lady Mary Hamilton papers, 1758-1863. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702165069

From the description of Lady Mary Hamilton papers, 1758-1863. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84553433

Lady Mary Hamilton was born Lady Mary Leslie, youngest daughter of Alexander Leslie, 5th Earl of Leven and Melville, and Lady Elizabeth Monypenny Leslie. She married Dr. James Walker of Innerdovat, physician to the prison hospital in Edinburgh, on January 5, 1762. It was said to have been a "romantic" match, but she and Walker came to lead very separate lives.

According to her grandson, Lady Mary bore ten children, several of whom died in infancy. In 1782 she met and became involved with George Robinson Hamilton, a cousin of the Duke of Hamilton, and removed to France with him and two of her daughters, Betsey and Isabella. After the French Revolution, Betsey married Paul Thiébault, who became General Thiébault, while Isabella married Etienne de Jouy.

Lady Mary Hamilton, as she styled herself, was best known for her novel Munster Village (1778), a utopian work depicting a community of women pursuing higher education, but she also published Letters from the Duchess de Crony (1777); The Life of Mrs. Justman (1782); and The Duc de Popoli (1810).

George Robinson Hamilton died in October, 1797. Some time after his death Lady Mary moved to Amiens, where Sir Herbert Croft became a member of her household. She died there early in 1816, shortly before Croft himself.

From the guide to the Lady Mary Hamilton papers, 1758-1863, (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Hamilton, Mary, Lady, 1739-1816. Album, 1793-1863. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn Thiébault, Adolphe, baron. Papers, 1733-1873. Indiana University
creatorOf Hamilton, Mary, Lady, 1739-1816. A manuscript, 1784. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
referencedIn More, Hannah, 1745-1833. Letter, 1782 Sept. 7, Bristol [to Mary Hamilton] gmd / H[annah] More. Salem Libraries
creatorOf Lady Mary Hamilton papers, 1758-1863 Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Mary, Lady, 1739-1816. Lady Mary Hamilton papers, 1758-1863. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Mary, Lady, 1739-1816. Lady Mary Hamilton papers, 1758-1863. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
creatorOf Hamilton, Mary, Lady, 1739-1816. Letters to The Morning Post, 1780 May-Sep. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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associatedWith Alderson, John Shepherd. person
associatedWith Alderson, Sophie Hamilton. person
associatedWith Croft, Herbert, Sir, 1751-1816. person
associatedWith Erskine, Henry, Sir, d. 1765. person
associatedWith Hamilton family. family
associatedWith Hamilton, George Robinson. person
associatedWith Hamilton, George Robinson. person
associatedWith Jouy, Etienne de, 1764-1846. person
associatedWith Jouy, Isabella Walker de. person
associatedWith More, Hannah, 1745-1833. person
associatedWith Northesk, Anne Leslie Carnegie, Countess of. person
associatedWith Northesk, William Carnegie, Earl of, 1758-1831. person
associatedWith North, Frederick, Lord, 1732-1792. person
associatedWith Pitt, William, 1759-1806. person
associatedWith Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745 person
associatedWith Thibault, Adolphe, baron. person
associatedWith Thibault, Elizabeth Walker. person
associatedWith Thibault, Paul Charles Franc̦ois Adrien Henri Dieudonne, baron, 1769-1846. person
correspondedWith Thiébault, Adolphe, baron. person
associatedWith Thiébault, Adolphe, baron. person
associatedWith Thiébault, Paul Charles François Adrien Henri Dieudonné, baron, 1769-1846. person
associatedWith Walker, David. person
associatedWith Walker family. family
associatedWith Walker, James person
associatedWith Walker, James, 1764-1831. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
France
France
Great Britain
France
England
England
Great Britain
England
Great Britain
West Indies, British
France
United States
Subject
Family--Domestic relations
Families--Economic aspects
English fiction--18th century
Tories, English--Controversial literature
Women authors, English--18th century
Maternal rejection
Satire, English--18th century
Mother and child
Prenuptial agreements
First person narrative
Family--England--Domestic relations
Fantasy fiction, English--Women authors
Divorce
Women authors
Antenuptial contracts
Novelists, English--18th century
Occupation
Women authors
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Birth 1739

Death 1816

English,

French

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