Lady Frances Brudenell
Lady Frances Brudenell (born before 1677, d. 23 February 1735/36), Countess of Newburgh, daughter of Francis Brudenell, Lord Brudenell and Lady Frances Savile.
She was the subject of a debt action brought by an Oxford don, William King, who alleged she owed him several thousand pounds. He lost the case and in revenge, in 1732, wrote a satire against her, entitled "The Toast", which portrays her as "a promiscuous bisexual witch and lesbian named "Myra". It is notable for an early use of the word lesbian in the modern sense.
She had several children including a daughter, Charlotte Maria Livingston (1694-1755), and a son, John Bellew, 4th Baron Bellew of Duleek (1702-1770).
- Edward Shorter: Written in the flesh, a history of desire. 2005 p. 77
- Caroline Gonda, John C. Beynon: Lesbian dames, Sapphism in the long eighteenth century. 2010 p. 127
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- The Peerage