List of women in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

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This is a list of notable women, living and dead, from Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the United Kingdom. Notability is based on achievements that have had a verifiable impact or public output or participation in a significant event, in the fields of art, literature, business, industry, science, culture, sport, education, politics, war, philanthropy, medicine and a range of other topics.

Notable women from Cornwall are also listed in the article List of people from Cornwall.

A[edit]

Constance Agar-Robartes, First World War nurse[1][2][3]

Victoria Amran, founder of the Cornish Food Box Company, business woman[4][5]

Candy Atherton, ex-MP for Falmouth and Camborne

B[edit]

Morwenna Banks, actor

Antonia Barber, writer of fiction

Frances Basset, 2nd Baroness Basset

Vanessa Beeman, Grand Bard of the Gorsedh Kernow

Sheila Bird (author), writer of books on Cornwall[6]

Janie Bolitho, writer, novelist[7]

Maria Branwell, mother of English writers Emily Brontë, Anne Brontë and Charlotte Brontë

Michaela Breeze, Commonwealth champion weightlifter

Mary Bryant, famous prisoner who escaped Australian penal colony

Katharine Burdekin, novelist, feminist, sister of Rowena Cade

C[edit]

Rowena Cade, creator, builder and founder of the Minack Theatre

Elizabeth Carne, scientist and banker

Vera Carne, First World War Women's Land Army[8][9]

Helena Charles, Cornish nationalist

Evelyn Clements, munitions worker[10]

Ithell Colquhoun, artist and writer

Myrna Combellack, researcher and translator of Beunans Meriasek

Judith Cook, journalist and campaigner

Selina Cooper, suffragist

Margaret Ann Courtney, folklorist and poet

D[edit]

Phyllis Doherty, folk singer, First World War commandant of Women's Volunteer Motor Corps[11][12][13]

Anne Dowriche, poet

Daphne du Maurier, novelist and writer

E[edit]

F[edit]

Liz Fenwick, writer, novelist[14][15]

Elizabeth Forbes, artist and storyteller

Anna Maria Fox, a promoter of the Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society

Caroline Fox, writer

G[edit]

Susan Elizabeth Gay, writer

Ann Glanville, 19th-century champion rower

Helen Glover, rower, Olympic gold medallist 2012

Julia Goldsworthy, politician

Queen Gwendolin, medieval legendary figure

H[edit]

Melissa Hardie-Budden, writer, founder of the Hypatia Trust, philanthropist[16][17]

Faith Harris, sailor, secretary to Railway Purchasing Mission[18]

Barbara Hepworth, sculptor and artist

Alice Hext, gardener and philanthropist

Corona Hicks, women's rights campaigner[19]

Rose Hilton, artist

Emily Hobhouse, peace activist and human rights campaigner

Salome Hocking, novelist[20]

Barbara Hosking, civil servant and broadcaster

I[edit]

Iseult, figure in Arthurian legend

J[edit]

Sue James, councillor for St Just in Penwith

Loveday Jenkin, councillor for Crowan and Wendron

F. Tennyson Jesse, writer

K[edit]

Ann Kelley, writer and photographer

Joanna Kenney, councillor for Newquay Pentire

Marguerite Kesteloot, Belgian refugee, strawberry grower[21]

Laura Knight, artist

L[edit]

Mary Lang, writer, photographer, sailor, diarist[22][23][24]

Cassandra Latham, white witch

Janet Leach, artist

Kitty Lee (Kitty Lee Jenner, 1854–1936), writer

Margaret Lidgey, bal captain, First World War mine manager[25][26]

Alice de Lisle, Lord of Alverton, founder of Penzance market[27][28][29]

Moura Lympany, musician, concert pianist

M[edit]

Margo Maeckelberghe, artist

Jessica Mann, novelist and journalist

Charlotte Mary Matheson, writer

Margaret Mellis, St Ives school artist

Chesten Marchant, last monoglot Cornish-speaker (died 1676)

Anna Maria Murphy, writer, playwright, poet, storyteller[30][31]

Sherryl Murray, MP for South East Cornwall

N[edit]

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth

Thandie Newton, actor

P[edit]

Gertrude Parsons, novelist

Cassie Patten, British Olympic swimmer

Sheila Pearce, artist[32]

Susan Penhaligon, actor

Dolly Pentreath, last Cornish speaker according to tradition

Thomasine, Lady Percival, benefactress and founder of a school

Annie Phillips, autograph collector[33]

Elizabeth Philp, singer, music educator and composer

Rosamunde Pilcher, novelist

Litz Pisk, movement pioneer and instructor

Beatrice Pole-Carew, First World War host for convalescent soldiers[34][35] (portrait)[36]

Margaret Steuart Pollard (Peggy), Cornish language poet

Agnes Prest, Protestant martyr

Q[edit]

Mabel Quiller-Couch, editor, compiler and children's writer

R[edit]

Joan Rendell, historian

Flora Jane Reynolds, peace activist, founder and President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (Cornwall branch)

Jean Rhys, writer

Mary Richards (prisoner of war), First World War prisoner of war in Germany[37]

Edith Jane Rouncefield, First World War nurse in First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and co-founder of Mevagissey Museum[38][39]

Hilda Runciman, MP for St Ives

S[edit]

Angie Sage, writer, novelist

Sweet Saraya, professional wrestler

Kristin Scott Thomas, actor

Penelope Shuttle, poet

Jemma Simpson, 800m runner

Emma Smith, writer

Hannah Stacey, free-diver

Emily Stackhouse, scientist

T[edit]

Linda Taylor, councillor for Lelant and Carbis Bay

Joanna Thomas, professional bodybuilder

Sheila Tracy, writer, broadcaster, musician, trombonist, singer

Enys Tregarthen, children's writer

Sharon Tregenza, writer, novelist

Kate Tremayne, writer, novelist

V[edit]

Annabel Vernon, champion rower (2008 Olympics)

W[edit]

Serena Wadham, feminist activist and photographer[40][41]

Mary Wesley, writer, novelist

Mary Williams (nurse), First World War Voluntary Aid Detachment hospital organiser[42]

Venetia Williams, racehorse trainer

Mary Wolverston aka Lady Killigrew, alleged pirate

Brenda Wootton, Cornish poet and singer

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