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Burney, Frances (1776–1828), governess and poet, was born in London in January 1776, the fourth child and second daughter of cousins Esther (Hetty) Burney (1749–1832) and Charles Rousseau Burney (1747–1819), and niece of the novelist and diarist Frances Burney, Madame D'Arblay. Her parents were both talented musicians: ...

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Davies, Catherine (b. 1773, d. in or after 1841), governess and author, was born at Beaumaris, Anglesey, one of a family of thirty-three children of a twice-married father. At fifteen she went to Liverpool to work in a merchant's family and subsequently to ...

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La Fite, Marie Elisabeth de [née Marie Elisabeth le Boué] (1737–1794), author, translator, and governess, was born on 21 August 1737 in Hamburg (or perhaps Altona), the daughter of Alexander le Boué, merchant, and his wife, Marie Elisabeth, née Cottin. Both parents originated from the ...

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Porter, (Ann) Agnes (c. 1752–1814), governess and diarist, was born in Edinburgh, the eldest of the four children of the Revd Dr Francis Porter (bap. 1718, d. 1782), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Elizabeth (c.1724–1794). Her birthday fell on 18 June but the exact year of her birth is unknown. Her father was born in ...

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Weeton [married name Stock], Nelly [Ellen] (1776–1849), letter writer and governess, was born on 25 December 1776 in Lancaster, possibly in Church Street, the second of the four children of Thomas Weeton (1744–1782), privateersman and slave-ship captain, and Mary (1746?–1797), daughter of ...