Margaret Holford

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Standard Name: Holford, Margaret,, the younger
Birth Name: Margaret Holford
Married Name: Margaret Hodson
Used Form: Mrs Hodson
Indexed Name: M. Holford
The first published work of Margaret Holford (whose mother was a writer bearing the same name) was an extended oriental tale in prose, which has often been ascribed to the mother instead of the daughter. The younger Margaret (who continued writing under her married name of Hodson) is best remembered as a poet (she won rather short-lived fame with the romantic narrative poem Wallace). She also published a novel, some translations, and religious writings only recently identified, and wrote a tragedy which remained unacted and unprinted. Long after her fame had ebbed, she persisted in efforts to make a literary comeback.

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death Henrietta Maria Bowdler
Joanna Baillie told Margaret Hodson (formerly Holford) that HMB , who was devotedly nursed by a friend, was kept ignorant by her doctors of what disease she had (oddly, since she knew she had not...
Family and Intimate relationships Margaret Holford
Their eldest daughter, another Margaret Holford , became well known as a poet. Another daughter married Joshua Walker, a London banker. The youngest remained unmarried.
Baillie, Joanna. The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie. Slagle, Judith BaileyEditor , Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.
2: 540n5
Friends, Associates Joanna Baillie
She met Wordsworth and Southey in the Lake District in 1808, and was corresponding with Wordsworth by 1812.
Baillie, Joanna. The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie. Slagle, Judith BaileyEditor , Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.
1: 240
Carhart, Margaret S. The Life and Work of Joanna Baillie. Archon Books, 1970.
23
He named her his ideal English [sic] gentlewoman.
Carhart, Margaret S. The Life and Work of Joanna Baillie. Archon Books, 1970.
57
It was about the same...
Friends, Associates Sarah Harriet Burney
SHB 's friendships were complicated by her prickliness about her lack of means and status, and her talent for satire. In general she preferred the company of men to women, since she was often thrown...
Friends, Associates Catherine Fanshawe
CF 's friends included other highly literate middle-class women such as Mary Berry and Anne Grant in Edinburgh. (Her friendship with Grant was maintained entirely by correspondence—she and her sisters hoped to visit Edinburgh in...
Friends, Associates Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck
She knew other distinguished writers from the previous generation too, and her friends both before and after her marriage included many in the world of literature. A couple of years after this she spent the...
Literary responses Susan Ferrier
Again SF met with success on balance. The Athenæum, however, naming Miss Ferriar as author, stated that the success of Marriage, backed by the good-natured commendation of Sir Walter Scott , induced the...
Literary responses Margaret Gatty
Margaret (Holford) Hodson admired her early poetry.
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Textual Features Joanna Baillie
JB said she admired her heroine Lady Grisell (whose story she wrote in a few weeks during the winter of 1816-17) beyond any Female Character I ever knew or read of.
Baillie, Joanna. The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie. Slagle, Judith BaileyEditor , Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.
1: 168
She acknowledged...
Textual Features Mary Russell Mitford
MRM 's letters regularly indulge in analysis of books. She comments on works by both men and women, in English and French, and her opinions shift a good deal with age. She reacted with horror...
Textual Features Amelia Opie
This collected commemorative poems (a genre much practised by AO ) from earlier years, including at least one formerly printed in an annual.
Burmester, James, Rosamund Burmester, and Emma Pound. English Books. James Burmester Rare Books, 1985.
53
Among her subjects are the French man of science Georges, Baron Cuvier
Textual Features Jane Porter
JP 's original introduction (to which she later added further memories of colourful Scots characters from her childhood in Edinburgh) mentions exhaustive consultation of historians, and makes no direct allusion to the verse romance...
Textual Production Elizabeth Ham
It was dedicated to the poet Margaret Holford Hodson (who was at this time seriously ill), and was apparently published by August.
Baillie, Joanna. The Collected Letters of Joanna Baillie. Slagle, Judith BaileyEditor , Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999.
1: 203
Joanna Baillie's editor Judith Bailey Slagle dates Baillie's letter about this...
Textual Production Margaret Holford
If, as seems likely, it was Holford's eldest daughter (Margaret Holford later Hodson) who wrote Calaf, a Persian Tale, first published in the earlier part of 1798, then it was probably her mother who...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Elizabeth Isabella Spence
The title-page quotes Burns and Scott . The preface remarks that books based on female impressions of national manners and moral character have succeeded in the past.
Spence, Elizabeth Isabella. Sketches of the Present Manners, Customs, and Scenery of Scotland. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1811.
prelims iv
The book is again made up...

Timeline

22 July 1298
The English-Welsh army of Edward I , having been lured dangerously deep into an already devastated Scottish countryside offering no sustenance, attacked the Scots under William Wallace at Falkirk.