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Eleanor Weatherly was the feisty 20 year old daughter of a widowed gentleman farmer, living with her brothers and sister near Belford in the north of Northumberland.
Her diary was written in 1804 and 1805 against a background of the Napoleonic Wars. In common with many 20 year olds, she liked fashion, dancing and the company of young men. Nevertheless, her diary gives a fascinating and often entertaining glimpse of life at the time. She ranges from household matters, family disputes and the weather – to the much wider social scene, stretching from Alnwick to the Scottish Borders. Not surprisingly it touches briefly on the alarm of a French invasion and the battle of Trafalgar.
As well as a transcript of the diaries themselves, Joan has included chapters with her research into life in North Northumberland and the various families and individuals who are mentioned.
The book has 176 pages, with 12 images and maps and is priced at £9.00. Post and packing is free in the UK.
By Joan Wright