Mrs Frances Boscawen

(1719—1805) letter writer and literary hostess

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(1719–1805), the wife of Admiral Boscawen, who is traditionally supposed to have transformed Benjamin Stillingfleet's blue stockings into a name for his wife's learned and literary female friends. Hannah More, in her poem Bas Bleu (1786), accords her, with Mrs Vesey and Mrs Montagu, the ‘triple crown’ as the most successful of the Blue Stocking hostesses.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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