One of my greatest “finds” was E. Owen Blackburne’s Illustrious Irishwomen, in two volumes, published in 1877. I copied — as faithfully as possible — the lengthy chapter on the Ladies of Llangollen.
Thanks to Roger’s interest (see his comments on the Bibliography page), I’ve put a few image links back in the bibliography, and copied the text and images for Blackburne’s biography.
It’s been a while since I read this, but I recall being *impressed* with how much of the story Blackburne got right! There was just so much out there that was supposition — even downright wrong — about the Ladies. That was how I found Mary Gosling‘s early travel diary: it was in looking up first-hand information about the Ladies that I came across the diary’s catalogue entry at Duke University: Mary and family MET the Ladies, were even shown around Plas Newydd!
The online version is a bit rough around the edges – but it’s the content that counts! Find the chapter here.