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MARY ANNE TALBOT (1778-1808)

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Originally appearing in Volume V26, Page 368 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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MARY ANNE TALBOT (1778-1808), the " British Amazon," was born in London on the 2nd of February 1778. She believed herself to be the illegitimate child of the 1st Earl Talbot. Early in her career she eloped, in the disguise of a boy, with a captain. In 1792 she was a drummer in Flanders. In the capture of Valenciennes her lover was killed; and Mary Anne deserted and became cabin boy on a French lugger, which she asserted wascaptured by the British, who transferred her to the " Bruns-wick," where she served as a powder monkey, being wounded in Lord Howe's victory of the 1st of June 1794. For this she later received a small pension. When the wound healed she again went to sea, was captured by the French, and imprisoned for a year and a half. Her sex was not discovered until shortly afterwards she was seized by a pressgang. She finally became a household servant to Robert Kirby, a London publisher, who included an account of her adventures in his Wonderful Museum (1804) and in Life and Surprising Adventures of Mary Anne Talbot (1809). She died on the 4th of February 18o8.
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One only has to examine the will of Lord William Talbot to establish that Mary Ann was relating the truth when declaring she was his daughter. Names that appear in the will dated 1779 correspond with names mentioned by surname in her story. Charles William Dyer was a signatory and John Sucker was a beneficiary and co-executor. "My very dear daughter Miss Fanny Talbot" is also mentioned in the will, when according to the Talbot pedigree William had only one daughter by his marriage to Mary de Cardonnel. This of course maybe true in that she was his only legitimate child, but he had other children by various mistress's. I have been researching the 'Mary Ann Talbot' story for many years and believe I have located her maternal lineage, coincidentally named Talbot with no apparent link with the aristocratic line. It is my considered opinion that Mary Ann obtained her surname from her mother and not as one may suppose from her father. Sincerely Yours, Derek Garforth.
her mom died when she had mary anne. she has a borther. her dad died to.she has a siter.
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