Anna Shipton was born Anna Savage in January 1815, four years after the marriage of her father Edward Savage, a solicitor from Evesham in Worcestershire, and her mother Emma Harrison whose family lived in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Her brother Edward Gregory had been born in February of the previous year but the two children became motherless very soon after for Emma died in 1817.

The years between Anna's infancy and young adulthood are hazy but, though being brought up in comfortable cirumstances, she speaks of being in the “loveless surroundings of a delicate organisation” (Shipton, 1882, 26). However, it is evident that she possessed a sharp intellect, read widely and had decided opinions. For example, at twelve, not …

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Blaize, Eslyn. "Anna Shipton". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 June 2009
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

Articles on Shipton's works

  1. The Castilian Captive