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Elizabeth Richardson (formerly Ashburnham), was a seventeenth-century devotional writer (of prayers and meditations, maxims, and a treatise on life and death, as well as letters) over a period of almost forty years. She had a strong commitment to the religious education of her daughters, and for them, and for other readers too, she left a published 'mother's legacy' made up of revisions of earlier writings.
About 1577 Elizabeth Beaumont (later ER) was born at Stoughton in Leicestershire, the eldest of ten children. Bibliographic Citation link.
1606 Elizabeth, Lady Ashburnham (later Elizabeth Richardson, Lady Cramond), wrote her earliest surviving text: a manuscript book of prayers. It is now in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 24 November 1645 The second and third collections of devotional writings by Elizabeth Richardson (Lady Cramond) were published together, re-ordered and revised, with her permission, as A Ladies Legacie to her Daughters. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 April 1651 Elizabeth Richardson, now Lady Cramond, died after sixteen years of second widowhood, at Covent Garden in London. Bibliographic Citation link.
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