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Noteworthy Victorians: Historic Figures, Notable Spouses and Everyday Folks

From a workhouse girl who became a bishop's wife, to the wives and mothers of famous Victorians, to Victorian eccentrics, this is the "catch-all" page for those noteworthy Victorians who aren't so easily categorized!

Barbour, Kate - The Girl Who Dared (GOP 1883)
The story of Kate Barbour, who emigrated to Canada.
Bere, Nancy - The Workhouse Girl (GOP 1882)
Nancy Bere, who rose from the workhouse to become the wife of the Palatine Bishop of Durham.
Butler and Ponsonby - A Gallery of Eccentric Women: The Ladies of Llangollen, by Nanette Mason (GOP 1888)
Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby, who fled from their families to live together in a cottage on Llangollen, Wales, where (for at least the latter part of their lives) they dressed as men.
Livingstone's Mother and Wife - Livingstone's Mother and Wife (GOP 1888)
Newcastle, Duchess of - A Gallery of Eccentric Women: Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle by Nanette Mason (GOP 1888)
A writer who was "familiarly known as 'mad Madge,' and certainly no madder specimen of a thoroughgoing bluestocking ever existed."

Roundups:

A Gallery of Eccentric Women: Nine Odd Women, by Nanette Mason (GOP 1888)
"It is praiseworthy for a girl to have individuality, but not eccentricity, which is nothing but individuality run mad." This article includes the tale of a woman who would "dress in male attire, and go about captivating her sisters and marrying them," defrauding them of their money and clothes.
The Girls' Own Order of Merit (GOP 1888)
The GOP decided to launch an "order of merit" to bestow medals on "deserving" women (beginning with Queen Victoria!). These articles describe the deeds of other women who received the medal.
The Recreations of Eminent Women, by William Cowan (GOP 1891)
Women and Girls as Inventors and Discoverers, by S.F.A. Caulfield (GOP 1895)

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Magazine Abbreviations:
CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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