16 May 1835
FMP was born at Exminster
, into a family of five (of whom two died young). She had a much older sister and a brother.
FMP published a hit among her children's novels, the historical Mother Molly
(reprinted in 1914 in the The Queen's Treasures Series
with illustrations by M. V. Wheelhouse).
FMP returned to the genre of her youth to pen a poem entitled "Old Age"
, which she sent in a letter to a friend.
Shortly before 5 October 1923
FMP died in Devon
in her late eighties; it was said that she had "outlived her fame".