Elizabeth Strutt

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Elizabeth Strutt (1782–1867;[1] fl. 1805–1863[2]), also or previously known as Elizabeth Byron, was an English writer and traveller.[2] She was the wife of Jacob George Strutt and mother of Arthur John Strutt, and an acquaintance and critic of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, whom she describes as having written "two of the most absurd and the most unpleasing sonnets in the English language".[1][3] In the 1820s and 1830s she travelled in France and Switzerland, living for a time at Lausanne, and later with her husband and son moved to Rome.


The dates of birth and death of Elizabeth Strutt are uncertain. It is likely that she was the Elizabeth Frost christened at Hull, now in the East Riding of Yorkshire, on 20 February 1783.[4] She was the sister of Charles Frost, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of Hull,[5] and daughter of Thomas Frost, solicitor, of Hull. She was awarded a Civil List pension on 18 June 1863, and so can not have died before that date.[4] Lewis gives 1782 for her birth and 1867 for her death.[1]

Her first three novels, Anti-Delphine (1806), Drelincourt and Rodalvi (1807) and The Borderers (1812) were published under the name "Mrs. Byron". At the time of publication of Genevieve, or the Orphan's Visit in 1818 she was "Mrs. Strutt". Until 1832 she and her husband Jacob George Strutt lived at Butterwick House in Hammersmith, where she "continued" the ladies' school of the Misses Attwood.[5][6]


The published works of Elizabeth Strutt include:

As Mrs. Byron[edit]

  • Anti-Delphine; a novel, founded on facts London: J. Mawman 1806
  • Drelincourt and Rodalvi; or, Memoirs of two noble families London: J. Mawman 1807 Full text of volume 3
  • The Borderers. An historical romance, illustrative of the manners of the fourteenth century London: A.K. Newman & Co. 1812

As Elizabeth Strutt[edit]

  • Genevieve, or the Orphan’s Visit. A novel London 1818
  • The Hermit of Dumpton Cave; or, Devotedness to God, and usefulness to man, exemplified in the old age of J. C. Petit, of Dumpton, near Ramsgate London: Rivingtons 1823 Full text
  • Practical Wisdom; or, the Manual of life. The counsels of eminent men to their children. Comprising those of Sir Walter Raleigh, Lord Burleigh, Sir Henry Sidney, Earl of Stratford, Francis Osborn, Sir Matthew Hale, Earl of Bedford, William Penn, and Benjamin Franklin. With the lives of the authors. London: Henry Colburn & Co. 1824
  • Triumphs of Genius and Perseverance; exemplified, etc. London 1827
  • A Spinster’s Tour in France, the States of Genoa, &c. during the year 1827 London: Longmans & Co. 1828
  • The Young Christian’s Companion; or, Manual of Devotion for the use of schools and young persons ... Selected from the Liturgy of the Church of England and the Holy Scriptures London: J. Souter 1830 Full text
  • Six Weeks on the Loire. With a peep into La Vendée London: Simpkin and Marshall 1833
  • Chances and Changes; a domestic story. By the Author of “Six weeks on the Loire” London: Saunders & Otley 1835 Full text of volume 1
  • The Book of the Fathers; containing the lives of celebrated Fathers of the Christian Church, and the spirit of their writings London: J. W. Parker 1837 (signed in preface)
  • Domestic Residence in Switzerland London: T.C. Newby 1842 Volume 1, Volume 2
  • A Wreath for the Altar of the New Church (in verse) Bury St. Edmund’s: privately printed [1842]
  • The story of Psyche: with a classical enquiry into the significance and origin of the fable; by Elizabeth Strutt With Designs In Outline By John Gibson Esq. R.A. [London: s.n. 1852]
  • The feminine soul: its nature and attributes. With thoughts upon marriage, and friendly hints upon feminine duties London: J.S. Hodson 1857 Full text
  • The Curate and the Rector; a domestic story London: Routledge, Warne & Routledge 1859 Full text

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  1. ^ a b c Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Arabella Barrett, Scott Lewis (ed.) (2002) The letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning to her sister Arabella: in two volumes Waco, TX: Wedgestone Press ISBN 978-0-911459-29-6 pp.147–148
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth Strutt Oxford Biography Index Number 101045862. Accessed September 2011.
  3. ^ Strutt, Elizabeth (1857) The feminine soul: its nature and attributes. With thoughts upon marriage, and friendly hints upon feminine duties London: J.S. Hodson pp.215–216
  4. ^ a b Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy (eds.) (2006) Elizabeth Strutt entry: Overview screen within Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present Cambridge: Cambridge University Press Online. Accessed September 2011.
  5. ^ a b Faulkner, Thomas (1839) The history and antiquities of the parish of Hammersmith, interspersed with biographical notices of illustrious and eminent persons, who have been born, or who have resided in the parish, during the three preceding centuries London: Nichols & Son p.303
  6. ^ [n.a.] (1839) 'Review of Faulkner's History of Hammersmith' in The Gentleman's magazine London: F. Jefferies Volume 167, p.285