Frances Eleanor Trollope

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Frances Eleanor Trollope
Frances Eleanor Trollope - crop of a carte d visite
Frances Eleanor Trollope - crop of a carte d visite
BornAugust 1835
Delaware Bay
Died14 August 1913
Frances Eleanor Trollope is sometimes confused with her mother-in-law, the novelist Frances Trollope.

Frances Eleanor Trollope (née Ternan) (August 1835 – 14 August 1913) was an English novelist.


Ternan was born aboard a paddle steamer in Delaware Bay, the eldest of three surviving daughters of the actors Thomas Lawless Ternan and Frances Eleanor Ternan (née Jarman). Her mother and father were on a three-year tour of North America after their marriage in Edinburgh in 1835. Her father became the manager of the Theatre Royal in Newcastle upon Tyne where her mother was a leading actress. The three daughters including Frances were put on stage to show off their skills.[1]

Her younger sister Ellen Ternan became the mistress of Charles Dickens and because of his intercession she was recommended as a prospective governess to the child of his widowed friend Thomas Trollope, following the death of his wife Theodosia Trollope. Ternan soon married Tom Trollope despite an age difference of 25 years. The marriage took place within five months of her becoming a governess in Florence. She became his second wife.[2] She also became the sister-in-law of Anthony Trollope and daughter-in-law of Frances Milton Trollope, whose biography Frances Trollope: Her Life and Literary Work from George III to Victoria she authored.

She and her husband lived in Italy from their marriage in 1866 until 1890, when they returned to England. Thomas died in 1892. Frances died 14 August 1913 at Southsea, where she had been living with her sister Ellen.



  1. ^ Thomas Ternan, Spartacus, retrieved 18 January 2015
  2. ^ Claire Tomalin,The Invisible Woman, p.6
  • Tomalin, Claire. "Ternan, Ellen Lawless". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/53346.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)

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