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Sheridan [née Chamberlaine], Franceslocked

(1724–1766)
  • Ian Campbell Ross

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Sheridan [née Chamberlaine], Frances (1724–1766), novelist and playwright, was born in Dublin, the daughter of the Revd Dr Philip Chamberlaine, prebendary of Rathmichael, archdeacon of Glendalough, and rector of St Nicholas Without, and his wife, Anastasia Whyte. Frances was the youngest of five children, three of whom were boys; her mother died shortly after her birth. Her father considering female literacy 'perfectly superfluous', ...

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