Rose Mary Crawshay

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Rose Mary Crawshay (1828–1907) was born Rose Mary Yeates in Berkshire in England.[1]

She married Robert Thompson Crawshay in 1846 who was last of the Merthyr Tydfil ironmasters, and became the mistress of Cyfarthfa Castle.

She created the Byron, Shelley, Keats In Memoriam Prize Fund in 1888, stated by the British Academy to be the only UK literary prize for female scholars.[2]

A philanthropist, she paid for part of Vaynor and Penderyn High School in ~1861.


  1. ^ "Portrait Of Rose Mary Crawshay With Son Richard". Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. Retrieved 4 January 2009. 
  2. ^ "Winners of academic book prize for women writers". Retrieved 4 January 2009. The winners of the UK’s only book prize for female scholars... Set up in 1888, the annual Rose Mary Crawshay Prize celebrates outstanding published works by women on any subject concerned with English literature.