Susanna Blamire was born in 1747 about six miles from Carlisle, the daughter of a yeoman farmer. Both her parents were dead by the time she was eleven and, like her siblings, she was raised in Cumberland on a large farm at Thackwood (near Stokedalewath) by a widowed, well-to-do aunt, Mary Simpson. Her eldest brother William grew to become a naval surgeon. Educated at the village school at Raughton Head, Blamire wrote verse from late adolescence; her earliest surviving poem dates from 1766, when she would have been nineteen years old. She also spent time at Gartmore in the highlands (recording her day-to-day experiences in the lively “An Epistle to her Friends at Gartmore”) with her sister, Sarah, and brother-in-law, Lieutenant-…
Van-Hagen, Stephen. "Susanna Blamire". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 March 2007; last revised 18 September 2007.
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