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Mary Anne Galton (1778–1806)
Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck (1806–1856)


Author. First child of Samuel Galton (1753–1832) and his wife, Lucy Barclay, Quakers. Married Lambert Schimmelpenninck in 1806. Baptised Methodist, 1808; joined the Moravians, 1818. Works included The theory and classification of beauty and deformity (1815) and Narrative of the demolition of the monastery of Port Royal des Champs (1816). Criticised the character of Erasmus Darwin (1731–1802), whom she knew when she was a child, in her posthumously published autobiography.


Hankin ed. 1858



Hankin, Christiana C. ed. 1858. Life of Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck. 2 vols. London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts.

ODNB: Oxford dictionary of national biography: from the earliest times to the year 2000. (Revised edition.) Edited by H. C. G. Matthew and Brian Harrison. 60 vols. and index. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2004.