Elizabeth Gunning (translator)

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Elizabeth Gunning (1769–1823) was a French into English translator and a novelist.[1]

Gunning was the daughter of John Gunning and writer Susannah Gunning. Miss Gunning married Major James Plunkett of Kinnaird, Co. Roscommon, Ireland in 1803, and they had a son James "Gunning" Plunkett. [2][3] She died after a long illness on 20 July 1823, at Long Melford, Suffolk. Their other children included George Argyle Plunkett, who became a physician in Brooklyn, New York.


She published several translations from the French, including:

  • Memoirs of Madame de Barneveldt, 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1795. Prefixed to the second edition, in 1796, is a charming portrait of Miss Gunning by the younger Saunders[who?], engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi, R.A.
  • The Wife with two Husbands: a tragi-comedy, in three acts [and in prose]. Translated from the French (of Pixèrecourt), 8vo, London, 1803. She had unsuccessfully offered this, with an opera based upon it, to Covent Garden and Drury Lane.
  • Fontenelles' Plurality of Worlds, 12mo, London, 1808.
  • Malvina, by Madame C—— (i.e.Cottin), second edition, 4 vols. 12mo, London, 1810.


  • The Packet, 4 vols. 12mo, London, 1794.
  • Lord Fitzhenry, 3 vols. 12mo, London, 1794.
  • The Foresters, altered from the French, 4 vols. 12mo, London, 1796.
  • The Orphans of Snowdon, 3 vols. 12mo, London, 1797.
  • The Gipsey Countess, 5 vols. 12mo, London, 1799.
  • The Village Library, 18mo, London, 1802.
  • The Farmer's Boy, 4 vols. 12mo, London, 1802.
  • Family Stories; or Evenings at my Grandmother's, &c., 2 vols. 12mo, London, 1802.
  • A Sequel to Family Stories, &c., 12mo, London, 1802.
  • The Exile of Erin, 3 vols. 12mo, London, 1808.
  • The Man of Fashion: a Tale of Modern Times, 2 vols. 12mo, London, 1815.


  1. ^ [1] Archived July 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Gent. Mag. 1803, pt. ii. p. 1251
  3. ^ John Burke. A General and heraldic dictionary of the peerage and baronetage. 1.

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