With Eleanor Butler known as the ladies of Llangollen, they escaped
from their families in Co. Kilkenny in 1778, respectively aged thirty-nine and twenty-six, attracting charges of sapphism; prevented from proceeding at the boat in Dublin; escaped from their families again disguised as men, with a servant Mary Caryle; unable to reach London, they rented a oak-panelled cottage (named Plas Newydd) in Llangollen, in Wales, remaining there for almost fifty years; wore men's riding clothes and beaver hats; later visited by all the notables, including Wordsworth, Southey, Wellington, Mme de Genlis and Pamela [Fitzgerald], Wilberforce, Josiah Wedgewood, and Walter Scott
in 1825, giving rise to an account of them in old age by Lockhart.
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Mrs. G. H. Bell, ed., The Hamwood Papers (1930); Melosina
Lenox-Conyngham, in Kilkenny Anthology, ed. Macdara Wood (1991); also Mary Campbell, Lady Morgan: The Life and Times of Sydney Owenson (1988).