1781 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Judith Cowper Madan

Anonymous, Obituary in Gentleman's Magazine 51 (December 1781) 594.



In Stafford-row, Westm. aged 79, Mrs. Madan, dau. of Spencer Cowper, esq; formerly one of the justices of the court of common pleas, and relict of Col. Martin M. who died at Bath in 1756. This lady very early distinguished herself by her poetical talents, as appears by her Verses to the Memory of Mr. Hughes, 1720, printed with his Poems; and The Progress of Poetry, in The Flower-Piece, 1731. She has left two sons, the rev. Martin, author of Thelypthora, &c. and Spencer, D.D. prebendary of Peterborough, &c. Her eldest daughter was married to Wm. Cowper, esq; of Hastingfordbury (her first cousin), and her youngest to the hon. Col. (now Lieut. Gen.) Maitland.