Sarah Scott

Standard Name: Scott, Sarah
Birth Name: Sarah Robinson
Nickname: Sally
Nickname: Pea
Nickname: Bridget
Married Name: Sarah Scott
Pseudonym: A Person of Quality
Pseudonym: Henry Augustus Raymond, Esq.
Pseudonym: A Gentleman on his Travels
SS , who published during the second half of the eighteenth century, wrote for money and never signed her name to her work. She is known as a novelist; but as a historian and translator she also deserves the appellation of woman of letters, and as one who chose to pursue an alternative, carefully-thought-out, woman-centred lifestyle she deserves the appellation of feminist. Her fictional writing does not repeat itself in form but takes on new technical issues with each title. Her concerns are always those of proto-feminism: the problems of middle-class women disadvantaged by poverty, lack of beauty, and absence of outlets for their talents, and the plight of lower-class women and the disabled.


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Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Calderwood
MC 's editor gives plenty of space to the exploits of her Steuart ancestors: to her great-grandfather, Sir James Stewart (1608-81), Lord Provost of Edinburgh, who attempted to be a moderate in Covenanting times and...
Family and Intimate relationships Catharine Macaulay
At twenty-one, he was much younger than she was (though many exaggerated the age difference), and of a lower rank (a saddler's son, and at the time of their marriage a surgeon's mate). He was...
Family and Intimate relationships Anna Miller
Her mother, born Margaret Pigott , came from a long-established Shropshire family and probably had literary interests, since she was a member of the circle of independent-minded women formed around Sarah Scott and Lady Barbara Montagu
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Montagu
Elizabeth Robinson (later EM ) was sent away from home to protect her from catching smallpox from her sister, Sarah .
Myers, Sylvia Harcstark. The Bluestocking Circle: Women, Friendship, and the Life of the Mind in Eighteenth-Century England. Clarendon.
Family and Intimate relationships Elizabeth Montagu
Elizabeth's sister, Sarah , later became the novelist Sarah Scott.
Rizzo, Betty. Companions Without Vows: Relationships Among Eighteenth-Century British Women. University of Georgia Press.
Fictionalization Mary Delany
MD is generally recognised to be the original of Miss Melvyn (later Mrs Morgan) in Sarah Scott 's Millenium Hall.
Thaddeus, Janice. “Mary Delany, Model to the Age”. History, Gender & Eighteenth-Century Literature, edited by Beth Fowkes Tobin, University of Georgia Press, pp. 113-40.
Friends, Associates Dorothea Celesia
In Genoa in February 1763 DC and her husband entertained William and Mary Robinson (brother and sister-in-law of the writers Elizabeth Montagu and Sarah Scott ). Mary Robinson reported on 11 February
Jones, W. Powell, and William Robinson. “The William Robinsons in Italy”. Huntington Library Quarterly, Vol.
, No. 3, pp. 343-57.
352, 357
Friends, Associates Charlotte Lennox
She met Sarah Fielding at Richardson's house, and became friendly also with Henry Fielding , Saunders Welch (the philanthropist, who later offered her employment), and Lord Orrery . She was presumably the Mrs Lenox with...
Friends, Associates Elizabeth Smith
Elizabeth Smith also made a warm friend of Lady Isabella King (who later founded Bailbrook House near Bath as a refuge for gentlewomen without funds).
Smith, Elizabeth. Fragments, in Prose and Verse. Editor Bowdler, Henrietta Maria, Richard Cruttwell.
53-6, 62
Indeed, though Smith died years before Lady Isabella...
Friends, Associates Catharine Macaulay
Early in her life CM knew (or was known to) the somewhat older Robinson sisters (the future Elizabeth Montagu and Sarah Scott ), whose mother's family estate was not far from her father's.
Schellenberg, Betty. “Remembering Beyond the Great Forgetting”. Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CSECS) Conference, Saskatoon, SK.
Friends, Associates Susan Smythies
It sounds as if SS knew or was known to Samuel Richardson and some members of his circle. He and all his family subscribed to her last novel, and correspondence relating to Smythies passed between...
Friends, Associates Bathsua Makin
BM 's brother-in-law John Pell called her a woman of great acquaintance.
Teague, Frances. Bathsua Makin, Woman of Learning. Bucknell University Press.
She was a lifelong friend of diarist and antiquarian Sir Simonds D'Ewes , who had been at her father's school, and of...
Friends, Associates Sarah Fielding
Socially speaking, Bath was a good choice for her, putting her within reach of, for instance, James Leake and Ralph Allen , as well as many friends visiting from London. The group comprising her, Scott
Friends, Associates Frances Sheridan
In London they quickly acquired an influential and highly talented circle of friends, including Samuel Johnson , Samuel Richardson , Edward Young , Frances Brooke , Sarah Scott , and Sarah Fielding . Richardson admired...
Friends, Associates Anna Miller
Anna Riggs (later ALM) grew up among the Bath community women: that is, Sarah Scott , Barbara Montagu , Mary Arnold , and Elizabeth Cutts . Margaret Mary Ravaud , who lived with...


1777: Henry Mackenzie published his sentimental...

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Henry Mackenzie published his sentimental novelJulia de Roubigné, whose heroine is poisoned by the jealous husband she has married to please her father.

January 1781-December 1782: The Lady's Poetical Magazine, or Beauties...

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January 1781-December 1782

The Lady's Poetical Magazine, or Beauties of British Poetry appeared, published by James Harrison in four half-yearly numbers; it is arguable whether or not it kept the first number's promise of generous selections of work...

By September 1782: The Letters of the black Londoner Ignatius...

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By September 1782

The Letters of the black Londoner Ignatius Sancho were published two years after the author's death.

June 1816: Lady Isabella King opened at Bailbrook House...

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June 1816

Lady Isabella King opened at Bailbrook House near Bath a communal home for single gentlewomen (or Protestant nunnery): a project going back to Mary Astell , which King picked up from Sarah Scott 's Millenium Hall.


Scott, Sarah. A Description of Millenium Hall. J. Newbery.
Scott, Sarah. A Journey Through Every Stage of Life. A. Millar.
de la Place, Pierre Antoine. Agreeable Ugliness. Translator Scott, Sarah, R. and J. Dodsley.
Rizzo, Betty, and Sarah Scott. “Introduction”. The History of Sir George Ellison, University Press of Kentucky, 1996, p. ix - xlv.
Scott, Sarah. The History of Cornelia. A. Millar.
Scott, Sarah. The History of Gustavus Erickson, King of Sweden. A. Millar.
Scott, Sarah. The History of Mecklenburgh. J. Newbery.
Scott, Sarah. The History of Sir George Ellison. A. Millar.
Scott, Sarah. The Life of Théodore Agrippa d’Aubigné. Edward and Charles Dilly.
Scott, Sarah. The Test of Filial Duty. Printed for the author, and sold by T. Carnan.