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PENNY , ANNE ( fl. 1729-1780 ), author .

The entry in the Bangor ( Caerns. ) parish register recording her christening under 6 Jan. 1728/9 , describes her as daughter of Bulkeley Hughes (d. 1740? ), cleric , and Mary his wife; the father became vicar of Bangor , 2 June 1713 , and was instituted to the living of Edern on 17 Jan. 1722/3 . She married Penny , and lived in London ( Bloomsbury Square ), where all her works were published. These are — Anningait and Ajutt … A Greenland Tale Inscribed to Mr. Samuel Johnson , 1761 ; Select Poems from Mr. Gesner's Pastorals , 1762 ; Poems with a Dramatic Entertainment , 1771 ; A Pastoral Elegy , 1773? ; Poems , 1780 (a reprint of the 1771 work). Thomas Pennant refers to the 1780 work in his Tours in Wales , ii, whilst Richard Morris , one of the Morris brothers of Anglesey , knew of the authoress . One of her poems is entitled ‘ Taliesin's poem to Elphin .’

Sources:

  • A. Ivor Pryce , Diocese of Bangor During Three Centuries, seventeenth to nineteenth century inclusive being a digest of the registers of the bishops , 1929 ;
  • Hugh Lloyd in Journal of the Welsh Bibliographical Society , iii, 38-48;
  • [ Additional Letters of the Morrises of Anglesey (1735-86). Y Cymmrodor , xlix, 1947-9 , p. 778;
  • The National Library of Wales Journal , i, 162].

Author:

Sir William Llewelyn Davies, M.A., LL.D., F.S.A. (1887-1952), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959