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Beeton [née Mayson], Isabella Mary (1836–1865), writer on household management and journalist  

Janette Ryan

Beeton [née Mayson], Isabella Mary (1836–1865), writer on household management and journalist, was born on 14 March 1836 at Milk Street, off Cheapside in the City of London, the eldest in the family of three daughters and a son of Benjamin Mayson (1801–1840)...

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Beeton, Isabella Mary (1836–1865)  

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Isabella Mary Beeton (1836–1865) by Maull & Polyblank, c. 1860–65 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fettiplace [née Poole; other married name Rogers], Elinor, Lady Fettiplace (b. c. 1570, d. in or after 1647), writer on household management  

Hilary Spurling

Fettiplace [née Poole; other married name Rogers], Elinor, Lady Fettiplace (b. c. 1570, d. in or after 1647), writer on household management, probably born at Pauntley, Gloucestershire, was the eldest daughter of Sir Henry Poole (d. 1616) of Sapperton in Gloucestershire...

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L'Estrange [née Stubbe], Alice, Lady L'Estrange (1585–1656), keeper of household and estate accounts  

Elizabeth Griffiths and Jane Whittle

L'Estrange [née Stubbe], Alice, Lady L'Estrange (1585–1656), keeper of household and estate accounts, was the only child of Richard Stubbe (d. 1619), a lawyer, and his second wife, Anne Goding, formerly widow of John Le Strange (d. 1582). Richard Stubbe...

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L'Estrange, Alice, Lady L'Estrange (1585–1656)  

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Alice L'Estrange, Lady L'Estrange (1585–1656) by John Hoskins, 1617 private collection; photograph courtesy of The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

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Lloyd, Rachel (1722–1803), housekeeper  

Roland Thorne

Lloyd, Rachel (1722–1803), housekeeper, was born on 10 January 1722 in Carmarthenshire, the eldest child of John Lloyd (1702–1728), landowner, of Dan-yr-allt, Llangadog, Carmarthenshire, and his wife, Mary (bap. 1701, d. 1764), only child of William Lloyd of Alltycadno, also a Carmarthenshire...

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Peel [née Bayliff], Constance Dorothy Evelyn (1868–1934), journalist and writer on household management  

Deborah Sugg Ryan

Peel [née Bayliff], Constance Dorothy Evelyn (1868–1934), journalist and writer on household management, was born on 27 April 1868 at Ganarew, Herefordshire, the seventh of nine children (four of whom died in infancy) of Richard Lane Bayliff, captain in the 100th regiment...

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Reynolds, Nancie Clifton [real name Agnes Margaret Warden Hardie; married name Reynolds] (1903–1931), domestic advice writer and broadcaster  

Deborah Sugg Ryan

Reynolds, Nancie Clifton [real name Agnes Margaret Warden Hardie; married name Reynolds] (1903–1931), domestic advice writer and broadcaster, was born on 6 February 1903 at 3 Eton Villas, Haverstock Hill, London, the eldest of three daughters of James Hogg Hardie (1874–1957), a commercial traveller and later a woollen merchant, and his wife, ...

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Rhodes [née Brittan], Elizabeth (1759–1836), housekeeper and Methodist leader  

Henry D. Rack

Rhodes [née Brittan], Elizabeth (1759–1836), housekeeper and Methodist leader, was born in Scotland, the daughter of Captain Brittan of the Queen's regiment of dragoons. In 1760 her father resigned his commission and moved to York, his wife's home town, but in 1765 he eloped with her maid. ...

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Russell, John (fl. in or before 1447), author or compiler of a manual of household practices  

Douglas Gray

Russell, John (fl. in or before 1447), author or compiler of a manual of household practices, describes himself in the Boke of Nurture (as it is styled in BL, MS Harley 4011), as sometime a servant with Humphrey, duke of Gloucester...

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Stedham, Edith (d. 1695), housekeeper and merchant gentlewoman  

Nat Cutter

Stedham, Edith (d. 1695), housekeeper and merchant, was born in England to unknown parents. Before 1679 she had married and was then abandoned by her husband, Mr Stedham, and moved to Tunis to work as a housekeeper to the British consulate, alongside Francis Baker...

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Whatman [née Bosanquet], Susanna (1753–1814), writer on household management  

Robert Brown

Whatman [née Bosanquet], Susanna (1753–1814), writer on household management, was born in Hamburg, Germany, on 23 January 1753, the eldest child of the three sons and three daughters (a fourth died young) of Jacob Bosanquet (1713–1767), a director of the East India Company...

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Wolley [other married name Challiner], Hannah (b. 1622?, d. in or after 1674), author of works on cookery, medicine, and household affairs  

John Considine

Wolley [other married name Challiner], Hannah (b. 1622?, d. in or after 1674), author of works on cookery, medicine, and household affairs, never mentions her father in her writings, and his name is unknown. Her mother and elder sisters 'were very well skilled in Physick and Chirurgery...