Boscawen, Frances


  1. Personal and family information
    1. Personal information
    2. Family
  2. Domicile region and Migration
    1. Place of Birth (Town)
    2. Domicile Region
    3. Migration
  3. Social Information
    1. Social Class
    2. Social Mobility
    3. Occupation
  4. Education
    1. Formal
    2. Private
    3. Languages known
  5. Sources
  6. Notes
  7. Sent letters
  8. Received letters

Personal and family information

Personal information

Person ID FB
Sex Female
First Name Frances
Last Name Glanville
Married name Boscawen
Spouse Edward Boscawen
Spouse's Rank [Upper gentry]
Spouse's Title Admiral
Year of Marriage 1742
Life span 86
Year of Birth 1719
Year of Death 1805


Father William Evelyn Glanville
Father's Rank Lower gentry
Father's Title [Esquire]
Mother Frances Glanville

Domicile region and Migration

Place of Birth (Town)

Town Kent

Domicile Region

Address Town County Country From To Notes
[St Clere] near Wrotham Kent England [1719] - 1

1 After Frances Boscawen's mother died and her father remarried, Frances spent much of her childhood with relatives, for example her great-uncle John Evelyn.


Address Town County Country From To Notes
Glan Villa Enfield [Middlesex] England 1772 1787 1
Hatchlands Park East Clandon Surrey England 1749 - 2
George Street London Middlesex England 1742 - 3
14 South Audley Street London Middlesex England [1761] 1805 4
Rosedale Richmond Surrey England 1787 5

1 Frances Boscawen rented a Cottage in Enfield between 1772 and 1787.

2 The Boscawens moved to Hatchlands Park in Surrey in 1749 and several years later built a new home there, which was designed by Robert Adam.

3 After her marriage to Admiral Boscawen the newlyweds settled to a small house in George Street.

4 Frances Boscawen hosted her Bluestocking gatherings at South Audley Street. She also died at South Audley Street.

5 Frances Boscawen moved to Rosedale in 1787.

Social Information

Social Class

Rank Upper gentry
Title -
From -
To -

Social Mobility


Letter writer, literary hostess and patron to several writers of her time.



Institution -
Highest Degree -
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To -


Frances Boscawen was considered a learned woman, but little is known of her education.

Languages known



Bibliography IDs

Eger, 2004; Eger, [2015]; Sairio, 2009


Frances Boscawen's husband travelled a lot due to his position in the navy. Frances Boscawen was known in literary London as a model letter writer and conversationalist and she was praised for her wit and warm heart.

Sent letters

No letters

Received letters

Letter ID Year From To
BC_1753_EMONTAGU_FB 1753 Montagu, Elizabeth (née Robinson) Boscawen, Frances
BC_1759_EMONTAGU_FB 1759 Montagu, Elizabeth (née Robinson) Boscawen, Frances
BC_1766_EMONTAGU_FB 1766 Montagu, Elizabeth (née Robinson) Boscawen, Frances
BC_1769_EMONTAGU_FB 1769 Montagu, Elizabeth (née Robinson) Boscawen, Frances