Though several sources report that FAR
's mother was a schoolmistress, it was Robert Rowden's sister, Arabella Rowden
(who from the names was probably Frances Arabella's godmother) who ran a school at Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire...
Frances Arabella Rowden
was taught until she was about eighteen by her schoolmistress aunt Arabella
. In 1792 she was enrolled as a boarder at the Abbey School
in Reading, where Jane Austen
had spent a...