Jane Margaret Strickland

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Jane Margaret Strickland
illustration from her 1856 book[1]
illustration from her 1856 book[1]
Born18 April 1800
North West Kent
Died14 June 1888

Jane Margaret Strickland (18 April 1800 – 14 June 1888) was a British writer.


Strickland was born in Kent in 1800. The daughter of Thomas Strickland and Elizabeth (born Homer) of Reydon Hall, Suffolk, Her siblings were Elizabeth; Sarah; Agnes, Catharine Parr, Susanna and Samuel Strickland. All of the children except Sarah eventually became writers.[2]

Reydon Hall

By 1840 she had two sisters living in Canada and two others who had moved out of the house leaving Jane to look after her mother who died in 1864.[2]

In 1854 Jane published a schoolbook Rome, Regal and Republican: A Family History of Rome that was edited by her sister Agnes.[3] The proceeds made her financially independent and allowed her to buy her own cottage.[2]

In 1856 she published Adonijah[1] which is an unlikely, but engaging, story about a Jewish child living at the time of the Roman Empire who eventually becomes a Christian.[2]

Strickland published a biography of her sister Agnes in 1887 and died at her cottage in Southwold the following year.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Jane Margaret Strickland (1856). Adonijah: A Tale of the Jewish Dispersion. Simpkin, Marshall.
  2. ^ a b c d Rosemary Mitchell, ‘Strickland, Agnes (1796–1874)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 26 May 2015
  3. ^ Jane Margaret Strickland (1854). Rome, Regal and Republican: A Family History of Rome. A. Hall. Virtue, & Company.

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