Sarah Kemble Knight

Sarah Kemble Knight was born in 1666 in Boston. She is remembered in particular for her five month journey from Boston to New Haven in Connecticut in 1704. She did the journey on horseback, something unknown for a woman at that time, to “settle the estate of her cousin”, on behalf of his widow. [...]

Flora Sandes

Flora Sandes was the only British woman officially to serve as a soldier in World War I. Initially a St. John Ambulance volunteer, she travelled to Serbia, where she enrolled in the Serbian army. Flora was the daughter of a Suffolk rector but was set on becoming a soldier; spending her childhood [...]

Jane Digby

Jane Digby was an English aristocrat who lived a wild and scandalous life with four husbands, many lovers and died as the wife of an Arab Sheikh. Jane was born in Dorset, daughter of Admiral Henry Digby who founded the family fortune when he seized a Spanish treasure ship. Admiral Nelson’s [...]

Gertrude Bell

Gertrude Bell was an archaeologist, a linguist and the greatest woman mountaineer of her age, and in Baghdad in 1921 she drew the boundaries of the country that became Iraq. Gertrude was born in Durham in 1868. Her family was wealthy and well connected. Her grandfather, Sir Isaac Bell, was a member [...]

Lady Charlotte Guest

Lady Charlotte Guest was one of the most remarkable women of 19th century Britain; an English aristocrat who published a collection of medieval Welsh tales, The Mabinogion, the earliest prose literature of Britain. Charlotte was born in 1812 and was daughter to the Earl of Lindsey, who died when [...]

Lady Hester Stanhope

A 100 years before Lawrence of Arabia, Lady Hester Stanhope abandoned her aristocratic British life to travel around the Middle East, often travelling alone, adopting local customs and settling there. She survived shipwrecks, plagues and Bedouin attacks. She was the willful child of an eccentric [...]
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