Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny

Standard Name: Champion de Crespigny, Mary,,, Lady
Birth Name: Mary Clarke
Married Name: Mary Champion de Crespigny
Pseudonym: MCC
Self-constructed Name: Mary Champion Crespigny
Titled: Lady Mary Champion de Crespigny
MLCC used her exalted social position as a patron of writers, especially women writers. She was a habitual diarist (though little of her diary survives) and a writer of occasional poetry—for manuscript circulation, or inscription on landscape features, and at least once for print. She chose print for two longer works: a novel and a conduct-book, 1803, made up of letters addressed to her teenage son in about 1780.


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Dedications Anna Maria Porter
AMP published, with her name, her second novel, Octavia, dedicated to Mary Champion de Crespigny .
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
1: 758
Critical Review. W. Simpkin and R. Marshall.
2d ser. 24 (1798): 471
Dedications Mariana Starke
MS made some use of a play by Antoine Marin Le Mierre , La veuve du Malabar. In her version the censor compelled some changes, like watering down the word hell-born (used of suttee)...
Dedications Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
She wrote it before the death of Catharine Macaulay , though it appeared afterwards. Lucy Aikin said she wrote it at about fifteen, which exaggerates her youth by only a year.
The Monthly Repository. Longman, Hurst, Rees and Orme.
1 n.s., 1827.126
Dedications Sarah Scudgell Wilkinson
SSW dedicated to Mary Champion de Crespigny (as Lady de Crespigny) her second novel, The Fugitive Countess; or, Convent of St. Ursula. A Romance.
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
2: 260
Dedications Eliza Parsons
EP 's two-act comedy The Intrigues of a Morning (adapted from Molière 's Monsieur de Pourclaugnac) was produced at Covent Garden . It was printed the same year, dedicated to Mary Champion de Crespigny .
The London Stage 1660-1800. Southern Illinois University Press.
5: 1447
OCLC WorldCat. Accessed 1999.
Solo: Search Oxford University Libraries Online.
Dedications Eliza Parsons
It was in press in late October;
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
1: 593
EP wrote its dedication to Mrs Crespigny , who first encouraged me to commit them to the Public, on 12 November.
Parsons, Eliza. Ellen and Julia. William Lane.
1: prelims
In a humble...
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Ogilvy Benger
It was EOB 's uncle by marriage Sir David Ogilvy who introduced her to Mary Champion de Crespigny , dedicatee of The Female Geniad.
This information was privately supplied by scholar Jan Fergus .
Friends, Associates Jane Porter
JP was also a friend of Mary Robinson —actress, poet, and novelist—but this friendship was threatened by Robinson's position outside respectable society. When Robinson published some lines about JP in a newspaper, Mary Champion de Crespigny
Friends, Associates Mary Robinson
After MR became known as the prince's mistress, the double standard in public morality made it virtually impossible for respectable women to treat her as a friend. Her admiration for Sarah Siddons was not reciprocated...
Friends, Associates Mariana Starke
From at least the late 1770s MS and her family were on terms of close friendship with Eliza and William Hayley ; Mariana's earliest extant letter to Eliza Hayley is dated 22 December 1780. William...
Leisure and Society Anna Margaretta Larpent
On 17 April 1790 AML went to Mary Champion de Crespigny 's private theatre and saw a performance of Mariana Starke 's tragedy The British Orphans. She was at the theatre (a public one...
Performance of text Mariana Starke
A lost tragedy by MS entitled The British Orphans was performed at Mary Champion de Crespigny 's private theatre in Camberwell near London.
Anna Margaretta Larpent , diarist and wife of the official Examiner...
Publishing Ann Thicknesse
While the title-page says Volume the First, the dedication to Richard Graves (a neighbour near Bath) hopes he will enjoy this second volume because he enjoyed the first.
Thicknesse, Ann. Sketches of the Lives and Writings of the Ladies of France. J. Dodsley, E. and C. Dilly, R. Cruttwell, and T. Shrimpton.
titlepage, iii
Elizabeth Carter is replaced...
Publishing Ann Thicknesse
The first volume has a frontispiece portrait of AT , and the second has a companion piece of her late husband .
Garside, Peter et al., editors. The English Novel 1770-1829. Oxford University Press.
2: 125
The book is dedicated to Fashion Herself,
Thicknesse, Ann. The School for Fashion. Reynell, Debrett and Fores, and Robinson.
1: vi
Publishing Mary Deverell
Her full title was Miscellanies in Prose and Verse, mostly written in the Epistolary Style, chiefly upon Moral Subjects, And particularly calculated for the Improvement of Younger Minds. It was published in two volumes...


By 22 July 1797: William Beckford published a second and more...

Women writers item

By 22 July 1797

William Beckford published a second and more marked burlesque attack on women's writing: Azemia: A Descriptive and Sentimental Novel. Interspersed with Pieces of Poetry.


Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny,. A Monody to the Memory of the Right Honourable the Lord Collingwood. Cadell and Davis, 1810.
Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny,. Letters of Advice from a Mother to her Son. Cadell and Davies, 1803.
Mary, Lady Champion de Crespigny,. The Pavilion. William Lane, Minerva Press, 1796.