Winifred Marshall Gales (10 July 1761 - 26 June 1839) was a novelist and memoirist. Gales was born in 1761 in Newark-upon-Trent, England, the daughter of John Marshall. She exhibited literary talent at an early age and in 1787 published her first novel, The History of Lady Emma Melcombe, and Her Family. Aged 23, she married Joseph Gales, Sr., a liberal reform supporter and abolitionist. Because of his views, he eventually fled England for continental Europe, leaving Winifred in charge of the family bookstore and printing press. With the political climate in England and a warrant for his arrest precluding her husband’s return, Winifred Gales sold the Sheffield Register newspaper to their assistant editor, James Montgomery, and joined her husband in Altona / Hamburg Germany.