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One of the two renowned 'Ladies of Llangollen', Lady Eleanor Butler produced life-writing (diaries, letters, and some poems) during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, which structured, recorded, and celebrated their shared way of life. Today the writing of her partner, Sarah Ponsonby, is also receiving attention.
1739 Eleanor Butler was born at Cambrai, considerably the youngest of three sisters; the arrival of a brother the following year made her position in the family still less important. Bibliographic Citation link.
January-December 1785 LEB kept the first of her journals to survive, prefaced with lines adapted from Thomas Gray's Elegy in a Country Churchyard about the "short and simple annals of the poor." Bibliographic Citation link.  Bibliographic Citation link.
2 June 1829 LEB died at Plas Newydd, Llangollen; her companion Sarah Ponsonby survived her by two years, dying in early December 1831. Bibliographic Citation link.
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