poet and novelist, from Lincolnshire. Her verse was published as Poetical Recreations (1688). She lived in France after the 1688 Revolution. She was virtually blind from the 1690s, and returned to England in 1704. Her writing is informed by Jacobite convictions. Her prose fictions are Love Intrigues (1713), the innovative story of a spinster and author; Exilius (1715), a romance; and A Patch‐Work Screen (1723) and The Lining to the Patch‐Work Screen (1726), both short stories.