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Jevons [née Roscoe], Mary Annelocked

  • Rosemary Scott


Jevons [née Roscoe], Mary Anne (1795–1845), poet, was born in Liverpool on 5 August 1795, the eldest daughter of William Roscoe (1753–1831), historian, writer, and politician, and Jane Griffies (1757–1824). William Stanley Roscoe, Henry Roscoe, and Thomas Roscoe were her brothers. She was brought up in a cultured, literary environment, and was encouraged from an early age in her writing and reading. She was much influenced by her father, both in the range of her reading, some of which is recorded in a manuscript literary journal, and in her enthusiasm for writing verse, as well as in her Unitarian faith. Her manuscript literary journal (1817–19) bears the motto 'Nulla dies sine libra', and she determines, in her introduction, to 'devote my attention principally to Mathematics and Natural Philosophy and in the second place to History, Languages, Logic and Polite Literature' (...

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