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Lady Charlotte Guest is remembered as an amateur scholar: her editions (with translation and annotation) of Middle Welsh tales which she called the Mabinogion remained a standard text for almost a century. She was also a lifelong diarist whose surviving journals, when typed at the beginning of the twenty-first century, filled more than 10,000 pages. Bibliographic Citation link. She was also, together with her first husband and after his death, a Victorian industrialist who published on the iron industry.
19 May 1812 Lady Charlotte Bertie (later Guest) was born at a seventeenth-century mansion, Uffington House near Stamford in Lincolnshire, the eldest child in her family. Bibliographic Citation link.
March 1822 Lady Charlotte Bertie (later Guest) began writing "her first staccato one-line diary entries" at the age of nine, in a blank book given her by her stepfather. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 17 November 1838 Lady CG published the first part of her Mabinogion project, an Arthurian romance entitled The Lady of the Fountain. On this day, newly back from abroad, she picked up a copy at Longman's. Bibliographic Citation link.
9 March 1843 CG recorded that she had "completed all that is in my power to do towards the Mabinogion". Translating the romances and composing notes (all but the topographical ones) were finished, and only the introduction left to do. Bibliographic Citation link.
29 August 1848 CG finished and dated her introduction to her translation of The Mabinogion, published late the following year. Bibliographic Citation link.
By mid-November 1849 Lady CG completed the publication in three volumes of her transcription of Middle Welsh romances with new verse translations: titled The Mabinogion, though only four of the twelve tales are properly the Mabinogi. Bibliographic Citation link.
15 January 1895 Lady CG died at Canford Manor in Dorset of congestion of the lungs.
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