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HATTON , ANN JULIA (‘ Ann of Swansea ’, 1764 - 1838 ), poet and novelist ;

b. 29 April 1764 at Worcester , the seventh child of Roger Kemble (see Siddons , Sarah ) and Sarah Ward . Lameness prevented her from following the family theatrical tradition and, before she was nineteen, she was unlucky enough to marry and be forsaken by an adventurer named Curtis . She published by subscription, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects ( London , 1783 ). She m. William Hatton in 1792 and accompanied him to America . They took a lease of Swansea Bathing House in ‘ 1799 . On his death in 1806 , she moved to Kidwelly where she kept a dancing-school . In 1809 she returned to Swansea and devoted herself to writing , being maintained by an annuity granted her by J. P. Kemble and Sarah Siddons . She wrote a play (‘ Zaffine ’) for the young Edmund Kean , and her Poetic Trifles ( Waterford , 1811 ), shows some lyric power. Between 1815 and 1831 , she produced at least a dozen novels . She d. 26 Dec. 1838 .

Sources:

  • Swansea Corporation Hall Day Minute Book, 1783-1821 , 286;
  • T. Campbell , Life of Mrs. Siddons , London E. Wilson, 1834 , 1834 , 8;
  • British Museum. Catalogue of Printed Books , 1882 ;
  • Cymru Fu , Cardiff , 12 Oct. 1889 ;
  • Yr Herald Cymraeg (a'r Genedl) , 26 Jan. 1935 .

Author:

Cecil John Layton Price, Ph.D. (1915-91), Aberystwyth / Swansea

Published date: 1959