Mary Robinson (1785 words)

Claire Brock (The University of Leicester)
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Mary Robinson was born in Bristol on 27th November 1758. Her father Nicholas Darby was an American-born merchant, while her mother, Hester Darby, claimed aristocratic descent from the Seys of Boverton Casle in South Wales, who in turn boasted family links with the seventeenth-century philosopher John Locke. Robinson was one of three surviving children born to the Darbys; her brothers John and George followed their father into trade, both becoming successful merchants at Leghorn.

In her posthumously published Memoirs (1801) Robinson suggests that her birth during a tremendous thunderstorm foreshadowed the “tempest” of her life in “this world of duplicity and sorrow”. Robinson's unconventional, peripatetic …

Citation: Brock, Claire. "Mary Robinson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=3820, accessed 04 December 2021.]

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