Frances Evelyn <I>Glanville</I> Boscawen


Frances Evelyn Glanville Boscawen

Soho, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Death 26 Feb 1805 (aged 85)
London, City of London, Greater London, England
Burial St Michael Penkivel, Cornwall Unitary Authority, Cornwall, England
Memorial ID 151433688 View Source
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Frances Evelyn Boscawen née Glanville (9 Jun 1719 – 25 Feb 1805)
Frances Evelyn Boscawen
In 1742 Boscawen married Frances Evelyn Glanville (1719–1805), with whom he had three sons and two daughters, and who became an important hostess of Bluestocking meetings after his death.

Frances Evelyn Boscawen (née Glanville) (23 July 1719 – 26 February 1805) was known as a literary hostess, correspondent and member of the Bluestockings Society. She was born Frances Evelyn Glanville on 23 July 1719 at St Clere, Kemsing, Kent. In 1742 she married Edward Boscawen (1711–1761). When his work in the navy took him away from home, his wife would send him passages from her journal, some of which were later published.

Their children were:
Edward Hugh Boscawen (13 September 1744 - 1774)
Frances Boscawen (7 March 1746 - 14 July 1801); she married 5 July 1773, aged 27, Admiral Hon. John Leveson-Gower (11 July 1740 - 28 August 1792), younger son of John Leveson-Gower, 1st Earl Gower and half-brother of the 1st Marquess of Stafford and had several children, five sons and two daughters. The heirs male descending from this marriage are in remainder to the earldom of Gower and the baronetcy only.
Elizabeth later Duchess of Beaufort (28 May 1747 Falmouth, Cornwall - 15 June 1828 Stoke Gifford, Gloucestershire); she married on 2 January 1766 the Duke of Beaufort at St George's Church, Hanover Square, London. and had eight sons and four daughters by him. She may have been the "Lady in Blue" painted by Thomas Gainsborough.
William Glanville Boscawen (11 August 1749 - 21 April 1769), died aged 19.
George, born 6 May 1758, succeeded his uncle as third Viscount Falmouth in 1782. All the future Viscounts Falmouth and two earls Falmouth are descended from his two sons.

After Boscawen's death in 1761, Frances returned to her London house at 14 South Audley St, where she became an important hostess of Bluestocking meetings. Her guests included Elizabeth Montagu, Dr Johnson, James Boswell, Joshua Reynolds, Frances Reynolds, Elizabeth Carter, and later Hannah More, who described her as "sage" in her 1782 poem The Bas Bleu, or, Conversation, published in 1784. Her widowhood inspired Edward Young's 1761 poem Resignation. She "was widely known in literary London as a model letter-writer and conversationalist, prized for her wit, elegance, and warm heart," according to a present-day scholar.

Frances died at home in London on 26 February 1805.
Find A Grave ID 47553735 Tony W informed of potential duplicate of #151433688
11 Jul 2019 Suggested edit: This profile is following Wikipedia and has the same church and same DOD. I have viewed actual birth and baptism record which says born St Anne's Soho, London, Middlesex, England on the 29th of May 1719 and baptised on the 9th of June, probably at the family home in Kent which accounts for thinking Frances was born in Kent. Ask Wikipedia where the July date is from. Recommend merge other profile into this one.
Contributor: David Urquhart (49272194)


Here lie the remains of the Honourable Frances Boscawen, daughter of William Evelyn Glanville Esq of St Clere in the County of Kent and relict of the right Hon Admiral Boscawen to whom she was a faithful and affectionate wife for eighteen years and by whom she had five children, whom she most carefully and tenderly educated: Viz Edward Hugh Boscawen, member of parliament for Truro who died at the spa in Germany July 17th 1774 aged 29 years. Frances, the wife of Rear Admiral the Hon John Leveson Gower who died July 14th 1801 aged 55 years, Elizabeth, married to Henry, 5th Duke of Beaufort who survived her. William Glanville Boscawen who was unhappily drowned at Jamaica 21st April 1769 aged 17 years: A Lieutenant in the Navy and George Evelyn Boscawen third Viscount Falmouth who survived her. Her long and well spent life in the observance of the purest and most exemplary piety and in the practice of every Christian virtue was terminated on the 26th day of February 1805 in London in the 86th year of her age. She was endowed with an uncommon and remarkable strength of understanding and in society, she is thus most truly described by a contemporary author: Her manners are the most agreeable and her conversation the best of any Lady with whom I ever had the happiness to be aquainted. ( Boswell's Life Of Dr Johnson)

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Assume placed with family; seem to have a potential duplicate, so which church is correct? 151433688 as dates are slightly different, merge? Otherwise lost family

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