Mary Frampton

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Mary Frampton (7 June 1773 – 1846) was an English diarist and botanist.


Mary Frampton was born on 7 June 1773 in Moreton, Dorset. Her father was James Frampton and her mother was Phillis Frampton, ex-wife of Charlton Wollaston. Frampton would regularly travel to London with her parents and witnessed the Gordon Riots and the trial of Warren Hastings. Her father died in 1784 and Frampton settled in Dorchester with her mother, where they were central to local society.[1]

Frampton kept a diary from a young age and in 1885, she published The Journal of Mary Frampton, From The Year 1779 to Until The Year 1846. It starts in 1803, with memories from 1779, and includes correspondence with Frampton's friends, as well as notes by Frampton's niece and editor, Harriot Mundy.[1] Her journal is regarded as a good source of Victorian Thought and details important events in British politics during her lifetime. It is a reference on 17th century fashion,[2] politics,[3][4] and economics.[5] Her thoughts were influential to the works of John Bull.[6] The journal also gives insight to the affairs of royal court at the time, as the Framptons were friendly with the family of George III, who would regularly visit the area.[1]

Frampton also spent time studying Dorset's botany, producing many drawings of the flora of the county which ran to five volumes. Her drawings and records were included in the botanical index of History of Poole in 1839. Frampton died in Dorchester on 12 November 1846.[1]


  • Frampton, Mary (1885). The journal of Mary Frampton, from the year 1779, until the year 1846. Including various interesting and curious letters, anecdotes, &c., relating to events which occurred during that period. London, S. Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington.


  1. ^ a b c d Sanders, L.C.; Mills, Rebecca (2010). "Frampton, Mary (1773–1846), diarist and botanist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10060. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Susan Vincent (15 January 2010). The Anatomy of Fashion: Dressing the Body from the Renaissance to Today. Berg. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-84520-764-9. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  3. ^ Ian Lopez; Jonathan Simon (1 July 2008). After the War on Crime: Race, Democracy, and a New Reconstruction. NYU Press. p. 152. ISBN 978-0-8147-2760-7. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  4. ^ Jocelyn Harris (2007). A Revolution Almost Beyond Expression: Jane Austen's Persuasion. University of Delaware Press. p. 253. ISBN 978-0-87413-966-2. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  5. ^ Susannah R. Ottaway (2 February 2004). The Decline of Life: Old Age in Eighteenth-Century England. Cambridge University Press. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-521-81580-2. Retrieved 30 October 2012.
  6. ^ Tamara L. Hunt (2003). Defining John Bull: Political Caricature and National Identity in Late Georgian England. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 395. ISBN 978-1-84014-268-6. Retrieved 30 October 2012.

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Frampton, Mary". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.