Allen Raine

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Anne Adalisa Beynon Puddicombe
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BornAnne Adalisa Evans
(1836-10-06)6 October 1836
Newcastle Emlyn
Died21 June 1908(1908-06-21) (aged 71)
SpouseBeynon Puddicombe

Allen Raine was the pseudonym of the Welsh novelist Anne Adalisa Beynon Puddicombe (6 October 1836 – 21 June 1908). Her novels had sold more than two million copies by 1912.[1]


She was born Anne Adalisa Evans in Newcastle Emlyn, Carmarthenshire, the eldest daughter of a lawyer Benjamin and Letitia Grace Evans.[2] Her father was a lawyer and the grandson of David Davis (1745–1827). Her mother was the granddaughter of Daniel Rowland.[3]

In 1849, she was sent to be educated with the family of a Unitarian minister, Henry Solly, at Cheltenham. The family included literati such as George Eliot, Mrs Henry Wood, and Bulwer-Lytton. She later lived in the suburbs of London with her sister Lettie.[4] In her youth she publish a short-lived periodical called Home Sunshine with the help of a few friends and printed at Newcastle Emlyn.[5]

Marital life[edit]

Returning to Wales in 1856 she married the banker Beynon Puddicombe at Penbryn Church, Tresaith, Cardiganshire, on 10 April 1872. He was the foreign correspondent of Smith Payne's Bank, London. They lived in the London area until February 1900 when her husband became mentally ill. They then retired to Bronmôr, a house in Tresaith until his death in 1906. He died on 29 May and was buried at Penbryn Church.

She spent time in London for her education and marriage, but eventually returned to her Welsh roots. Wales features largely in her romantic fiction, with titles such as A Welsh Singer (1896) and A Welsh Witch (1902). [6]She remained there until her death on 21 June 1908.[3]


  • Ynysoer (National Eisteddfod winner; 1894)
  • A Welsh Singer (1896)
  • Torn Sails (1897)
  • By Berwen Banks (1899)
  • Garthowen (1900)
  • A Welsh Witch (1902) Republished by Honno Classics, 2013
  • On the Wings of the Wind (1903)
  • Hearts of Wales (1905)
  • Queen of the Rushes (1906) Republished by Honno Classics, 1998
  • Neither Storehouse nor Barn (1908)
  • All in a Month (short story collection; 1908)
  • Where Billows Roll (originally Ynysoer, Eisteddfod winner 1894)
  • Under the Thatch - unfinished at her death, eventually completed by Lyn Evans (1910)


Torn Sails (1915), A Welsh Singer (starring Florence Turner 1915) and By Berwen Banks (1920).


  1. ^ Daniel Lleufer Thomas (1912). Dictionary of National Biography, 1912 supplement. p. 144.
  2. ^ Dictionary of Welsh Biography; retrieved 24/10/2011
  3. ^ a b Thomas 1912.
  4. ^ "Puddicombe [née Evans], Anne Adalisa [pseud. Allen Raine] (1836–1908), novelist | Oxford Dictionary of National Biography", The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004, doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/35628
  5. ^ "PUDDICOMBE, ANNE ADALISA ('Allen Raine'; 1836 - 1908), novelist | Dictionary of Welsh Biography". Retrieved 8 May 2019.
  6. ^ "Allen Raine". Retrieved 8 May 2019.


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