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The Ladies of Llangollen


Plas Newydd, home of Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, known as the Ladies of Llangollen. From “Our Own Country: Descriptive, Historical, Pictorial” published by Cassell & Co Ltd, 1885. Whitemay/Digital Vision Vectors/Getty Images
Plas Newydd, home of Lady Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, known as the Ladies of Llangollen. From “Our Own Country: Descriptive, Historical, Pictorial” published by Cassell & Co Ltd, 1885. Whitemay/Digital Vision Vectors/Getty Images

In the late 18th century, Sarah Ponsonby and Lady Eleanor Butler, also known as the Ladies of Llangollen, abandoned their life in the upper tiers of Irish society and made a home for themselves in Wales. And they became rather famous in the process.

Tracy's Research:

  • The Telegraph. "Wales: A tale of two ladies ahead of their time." 5/2002. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/destinations/europe/uk/wales/724170/Wales-A-tale-of-two-ladies-ahead-of-their-time.html
  • Mavor, Elizabeth. "The Ladies of LLangollen." Redwood Press Ltd. 1971.
  • Bell, Mrs. G.H., editor. "The Hamwood Papers of the Ladies of Llangollen." MacMillian and Co., Ltd. 1930.
  • O'Donnell, Leanne, producer. "An Extraordinary Affair." RTE Radio 1. 4/30/2011. http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/2011/0428/646686-radio-documentary-an-extraordinary-affair-first-lesbians-ladies-of-llangollen/

Topics in this Podcast: Irish history, LGBTQ history, 18th century, 19th century, women, biographies, show notes


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