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BRERETON , JANE ( 1685 - 1740 ), poetess .

She was the daughter of Thomas and Anne Hughes , Bryn Griffith , near Mold . In 1711 she m. Thomas Brereton ( 1691 - 1722 ), one of the minor English dramatists . On the death of her husband in 1722 she is said to have settled in Wrexham where she d. 7 Aug. 1740 and was survived by two daughters.

Showing an aptitude for writing English verse she became a contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine and wrote under the pseudonym Melissa . After her death a volume of her work was published under the title Poems on several occasions, with letters to her friends and an account of her life ( London , 1744 ).


  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ;
  • A. Chalmers , The General Biographical Dictionary containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation (London, 1812-16) , vi;
  • Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen ... from the earliest times to the present (1908) ;
  • NLW MS 9252.


Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, M.A., Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959