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Page 307. " and there were six Ladies from Llangollen "

The Ladies of Llangollen was the name given to two Anglo-Irish women: Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler (1739-1829) and the Honourable Sarah Ponsonby (1755-1832).

Brought up in the same area of Ireland, they became friends in 1768 and scandalised society by running away together in 1778.

They eventually set up home at Plas Newydd near Llangollen in north east Wales, where they became a magnet for all kinds of illustrious visitors, including William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, the Duke of Wellington and Josiah Wedgewood.

Plas Newydd is now a museum.


Plas Newydd doorway
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikePlas Newydd doorway - Credit: Andy Dingley, Wikimedia Commons