What's new: May 2019

May 9, 2019

The May 2019 update adds 29 new articles featuring 30 lives and 8 portrait likenesses. The main focus is the lives of women from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. This update was curated by Professor Marie-Louise Coolahan of the National University of Ireland, Galway, and Dr Anders Ingram of the ODNB.

From May 2019, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford DNB) offers biographies of 63,285 men and women who have shaped the British past, contained in 61,043 articles. 11,690 biographies include a portrait image of the subject – researched in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Read the full editorial introduction to this month’s update.>

New and updated subjects - May 2019

Bennet (née Howe), Dame Bridget (fl. 1668-99), book collector

Bradfield, Frances Beatrice (1895-1967), aeronautical engineer

Cockacoeske, (d. by July 1, 1686), chief of the Pamunkey Indians of the Virginia colony (1656–86)

Devereux, Frances [neé Walsingham, other married names Sidney and Burke], countess of Essex and Clanricarde (c.1568-1632), noblewoman

Dowdall [née Southwell], Elizabeth (fl. 1640-1642), royalist landholder and writer

Erroll, [née Drummond, married name Hay], Anne, countess of Erroll (1656-1719), Jacobite and naturalist

Fitzherbert, Dionys (c.1580-c.1641), writer on madness

Griffin, Anne (b. 1595?), printer and stationer

Hampden, Isabel (fl. 1577-88), recusant and member of the Catholic underground

Heneage, Elizabeth [married name Elizabeth Finch, countess of Winchilsea] (1556-1634), noblewoman

Herbert [neé Newport, second married name Lady Danvers], Magdalen (d.1627), estate manager and patron

Howard [married name Felton], Elizabeth [known as Lady Betty] (1656-1681), noblewoman

Jane, the Queen’s Fool (fl. 1535-1558), court jester

Jeake [neé Hartshorne, other married name Tucker], Elizabeth (1667–1736), merchant’s wife and correspondent

Jeffries [married name Warden], Ann (1626-1698?), prophetess and folk-healer

Keary [married name: Smith-Keary], Eily Marguerite Leifchild (1892- 1975), naval architect and aeronautical design engineer

Khan [married name Hawkins, other married name Towerson], Mariam (fl. 1611-19), early Indian immigrant to Britain

Ley [née Norman], Anne (d. 1641), writer, poet, and schoolteacher

Louisa, Princess (1724-1751), queen of Denmark and Norway

Lyon, Hilda Margaret (1896-1946), aeronautical engineer

Price, Elizabeth (fl. 1641-1643), settler

Rookwood [married name Gage], Elizabeth (1684–1759), estate manager, Roman Catholic recusant and scholar

Sherley, Lady Teresa Sampsonia  (c. 1589–1668), noblewoman

Shilling [married name: Naylor], Beatrice (1909-1990), mechanical and aeronautical engineer

Steele [née Webbe], Frances (fl. 1617), waiting woman [See under Khan [married name Hawkins, other married name Towerson], Mariam]

Villiers [née Coke], Frances, Viscountess Purbeck (1602–1645), noblewoman

Walker [née Busch], Anna (1567x1574-1620/1621), itinerant prophetess and religious author

Wheelwright, Esther [name in religion Marie-Joseph de l’Enfant Jésus, known as Mother Esther] (1696 –1780), captive and Ursuline nun

Whipp [née Worsup], Elizabeth (d. 1646), midwife

Wriothesley [née Browne; other married names Heneage and Hervey], Mary, countess of Southampton (in or before 1552, d. 1607), noblewoman

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Discover a full list of entries added this year.