Mary Scott

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As well as an elegy printed during her lifetime and hymns printed after her death in 1793, MS published two ambitious longer poems about whose content she cared passionately: a polemical celebration of women's intellectual achievements (especially as writers), and an epic poem with Christ as hero.

Milestones

1751
MS was born at Milborne Port in Somerset.
Some sources put Milborne Port in Dorset. It is close to the border; nearby Milborne St Andrew is in Dorset.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
By September 1774
MS responded to John Duncombe 's Feminead, published twenty years before, with The Female Advocate, dedicated to her friend the poet and hymn-writer Anne Steele .
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
38 (1774): 218
5 June 1793
MS died in Bristolunder circumstances of a painfully interesting kind:
“Memoir of Mr. John Edward Taylor”. The Christian Reformer; or, Unitarian Magazine and Review, Vol. XI, Sherwood, Gilbert and Piper, pp. 158 - 9.
158
which is to say, only three weeks before she was due to bear her third child.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

Biography

Birth and Background

1751
MS was born at Milborne Port in Somerset.
Some sources put Milborne Port in Dorset. It is close to the border; nearby Milborne St Andrew is in Dorset.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.