While my main blog concerns research into the Smith&Gosling families, that entire project only came about because I was in search of first-hand, primary information on the Ladies of Llangollen, Sarah Ponsonby and Eleanor Butler. Mary Gosling, in an early diary (now owned by Duke University), described meeting the Ladies and being shown around Plas Newydd. This blog presents that early research (conducted about five/six years ago). I had found oh, so much more – but never took the time to post any of it.

Read the “background” post on PLAS NEWYDD AND MARY GOSLING.

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This Ladies of Llangollen blog has some svery pecial friends, who have contributed information and images. Thanks to Rose, Liz in the US and Liz in the UK, and Michael in Aberystwyth.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Peter Alexander
    Feb 02, 2012 @ 07:30:22

    Dear Jainete

    I’m currently the curator of Plas Newydd, Llangollen, home of the Ladies. We’re currently on Twitter @PlasNewyddLlan and also on Facebook.

    We’ve only just been made aware of your blog.

    If you’d like to get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

    All the best!

    Peter Alexander


    • Janeite Kelly
      Feb 02, 2012 @ 11:07:03

      Hi, Peter —

      Thanks for contacting me! great to know the Ladies are on Twitter and Facebook!

      A lot of work needs to be done here, but I hope you all like what you see building up. I had found a fair amount of information, about six years ago — after first visiting Plas Newydd! — but then, finding Mary Gosling’s comments about the Ladies, started unearthing oh-so-much primary material on the Smiths & Goslings, from which grew my project on The Two Teens in the Time of Austen (for Emma Smith married Jane’s nephew, James Edward Austen Leigh).

      My main interest is in information on the Ladies during their lifetime. The internet makes finding published letters and accounts that much easier to find.



  2. Sharon Roepke
    Feb 03, 2012 @ 13:19:14


    How exciting to find your blog. I’ve been interested in the Ladies and their history for over 20 years now. I’ve searched periodically for whatever I could find on their history. I do have a copy of the Hamwood papers. Your bibliography is wonderful. I hope one day to visit Plas Newyyd and Llangollen. I found your posting of Harland: Where Ghosts Walk while searching for recent information about Llangollen.

    Thank you for this work!


    • Janeite Kelly
      Feb 03, 2012 @ 14:31:35

      Hi, Sharon —

      If you’ve been interested in the Ladies of Llangollen you must visit Plas Newydd! I’d highly recommend a month with “good” weather, for the grounds are wonderful to walk (I was last there on an exceptionally rainy day).

      Happy to post anything you’ve found that I haven’t yet come across!

      And thank YOU for your kind words — and your encouragement and visit to the site!



  3. lbaskin
    Jul 22, 2015 @ 01:51:38

    You might be interested to learn that my entire collection relating to the Ladies of Llangollen is now at the David Rubenstein Special Collections Library, Duke University. The collection consists of over 350 letters, various manuscripts, ephemera, prints, photographs, objects and printed books. The catalogueing will not be complete for a number of years, but it will be available for use when the library reopens following its move.
    Best, Lisa Unger Baskin


  4. Janeite Kelly
    Jul 22, 2015 @ 15:04:06

    Hi, Lisa – what EXCITING news!

    You seem to have donated a large collection – for I find on their website an overview, including items specific to the Ladies of Llangollen. Would LOVE to hear more!

    Thanks, so much, for telling about the bequest and its new home.



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