It is with concern we hear, that Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby are in danger of being expelled their beautiful and long enjoyed residence in the Vale of Llangollen, by the purposed erection of a Cotton Mill and Manufactory in their immediate neighbourhood, under the director of Mr. Bidulph, Banker, Charing-Cross. Our readers will recollect that this charming retreat of these sir Recluse has been the subject of an elegant descriptive poem from the classic pen of Miss Seward, entitled “Llangollen Vale.”
Source: Hampshire Telegraph and Sussex Chronicle, 6 February 1804
A few days since, a young woman, habited in male attire, entered as a volunteer on board the tender stationed at this port [Swansea]. Not coming under the cognizance of the Impress Officers, she did not undergo examination by a surgeon, and her sex was not discovered until the tender arrived at Plymouth, where she was united in the bands of wedlock to a young man on board who had been impressed: her affection for whom it is supposed, had induced her to enter.
Source: The Cambrian, 18 October 1806
In Shropshire, the eccentric Mary Ann Talbot, who served five years in the navy as a sailor. She enjoyed, till her death, a pension which was granted in consideration of a wound she had received in action.
Source: North Wales Gazette, 17 March 1808
Mary Ann Talbot claimed she was one of the sixteen illegitimate children of Lord William Talbot, Baron of Hensol, Glamorganshire. However, others have identified her with an “Anna Maria Talbot, d[aughter] of Tho[mas] Weaver – [of] Worthin – aged 30″(sic) who was recorded in the parish register of Worthen as buried there on 7 February 1808.”