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 Mary <I>Pierrepont</I> Montagu

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Mary Pierrepont Montagu

Birth
Home Pierrepont, Rushcliffe Borough, Nottinghamshire, England
Death 21 Aug 1762 (aged 73)
Mayfair, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial Mayfair, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Plot vault, memorial on chapel wall
Memorial ID 12245103 View Source

Woman-of-letters and early supporter of womens' rights. Her husband was MP for Westminster and the couple spent many years living in the Near East as a result of his diplomatic work. She held a correspondence with Alexander Pope, although they later became enemies and satirised each other in their writings. She was also held in spite by Walpole, but history has treated her with more kindness, especially since the rise of feminist criticism. Her greatest achievement was to popularise vaccination for smallpox, a practice which she witnessed during her travels abroad. She countered hostile reaction to this idea in England by having her own children innoculated. She suffered a skin disease and mental illness during her last years. Her daughter Mary became the Countess of Bute and her son Edward was also a writer.


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  • Created by: Mark McManus
  • Added: 3 Nov 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 12245103
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/12245103/mary-montagu : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Pierrepont Montagu (15 May 1689–21 Aug 1762), Find a Grave Memorial ID 12245103, citing Grosvenor Chapel, Mayfair, City of Westminster, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Mark McManus (contributor 46593855) .