ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Blamire

(1747-1794)


Susanna Blamire was born to a genteel family in Cumberland, near Carlisle. She and her other siblings were raised by an aunt when her father remarried in 1754, and she had but minimal education at the local school at Raughton Head. Blamire, reported to be a lively and attractive woman, and a talented musician, never married and apparently suffered from ill health. Her songs and other poems circulated in manuscript and were preserved by the sister with whom she lived; they were eventually published in 1842 with a memoir by Patrick Maxwell.


TEXT RECORDS:

1766Written in a Churchyard, on seeing a number of Cattle grazing in it. 1766.
1780 ca.Hope.
1780 ca.The Farewell to Affection.
1780 ca.The Recall to Affection.
1784Address to Health. — 1784.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poetical works, ed. Henry Lonsdale. 1842.
Songs, in Songs and ballads of Cumberland and the Lake Country, ed. Sidney Gilpin. 1866.