Dramatis Personae: M-R

People who appear in Mary Gosling / Lady Smith’s diaries

read the dramatis personae post,
which explains more about these
lists of names


Mad:me Mahn (1839)

Maria Malibran [opera singer] (1829)

Malmesbury, earl of [visit his estate, Park Place] [1814]

Mr Manning [preacher All Souls] (1841)

Mrs. Mainwaring [1821]

Mr Mainwaring (1840)

Mr and Mrs Matthew (1839)

Mrs Fuller Maitland (1830)

Mrs Whitaker Maitland (1830)

Mr Maitland (1830) (1840)

Mrs Maitland (1830) (1839) (1840) (1841)

Mrs Marsh (1829) (1830)

Mr, Mrs and Miss Marsh (1829)

Mr Marsh [preacher; possibly at Hanover Chapel; London] (1830)

Marshall [paid servant; Mary was interviewing] (1840)

Mrs Marshall [Kitty; wife to the above] (1841-2)

Mr Mason’s Academy (1841)

Mad:elle [Mauru? Maune? Mauree?] (1839)

Miss Mcdougall [governess] (1839)

Dr McIntyre [London doctor for Mrs Smith] (1839)

M:elle Mclean [Philip Currie’s governess??] (1841)

Mr McNab [doctors baby Augusta] (1839) [doctors Charles & Mimi] (1840) (1841)

Mrs Meen [Mun?]  (1832)

Mr and Mrs Munn [Margate] (1832)

Mr Munn [Margate] [wife die?] [artist or owner of drawings?] (1839)

Mrs Leslie Melville (1840)

Mad:elle Meum [Maun?] (1839)

Mr Middleton [brother-in-law to Mr Abdy] [preaches Stapleford Abbot] (1840)

Mrs Mildmay [née Fanny Percival?] (1839) [specifies Mrs St. John Mildmay:] (1840) (1841)

Mr and Mrs Mildmay (1841)

The Mildmays (1839)

and her daughter / Miss Mildmay (1839) (1841)

Mr Mills (1829) (1830)

Mr and Mrs Morgan (1830)

Two Mr Moncktons [relations to Sir Drummond’s 2nd wife??] (1830)

Miss Monckton [with Lady Smith] (1833)

Mr [Munce?] [Margate] (1841)

Mrs Mundy [lives in a ‘beautiful little cottage,’ acccording to Mary] (1840)

Lady Mordaunt [Ramsgate] [always with Maria Gosling] [wife of John Mordant?; if yes, née Caroline Sophia Murray] (1839)

Mr Murdoch [Murdock?] [Charles dines at] (1829)



Lady Neave (1833)

Mr and Mrs H. Neave (1839)

Sir Thomas Neave (1840)

Miss Charlotte Neave (1840) Miss Neave (1841)

Dr. Nevison [attends Langham Christie; London] (1833)

Miss Nicholl (1830) [evidently hiring Bowen]

M:elle Niedermeyer [Mary is all over the place with this name…my best guess] (1839) [been ill:] (1840)

Mr Norman (1829) (1840)

Lady Northampton [wife of the 2nd Marquess] (1829) (1830-2) [dies 1830]

Lady Northampton [Charles’ aunt; Mrs Smith’s sister] (1830-2)

Lord Northampton [cousin; son of above; 2nd Marquess; brother to Lady Elizabeth Compton] (1830) (1839) (1840)

Mr Northcote (1830) (1841)

and Miss Northcote (1841)



Mr Odell [in Palermo with Drummond; schoolfriend of his] (1832)

Mr Mrs & Miss Ogilvie (1830)

“& one other” [singer at Mrs Smith’s] (1839)

Mr Orde [preached (also) at Stamford Rivers] (1829)

Mr and Mrs Ord [seen at place near The VYNE; may or may not be same as above] (1830)



Mr Palmer [George, a politican??] (1829)

Mr Page [artist, evidently] (1829)

Mr Paine [gives lesson to Frederick Wilder] (1841)

Mr Comyns Parker [estate agent] [Christopher C.P.](1832) (1833) (1839) (1840) (1841)

Mr Parker and Mr Comyns Parker could be two people: Mr P could be Oxley Parker…

Sir Henry Parnell [national politician] (1830)

Miss Paton [artist: singer or dancer? at Covent Garden] (1830)

Mr Paton [gives lessons (in what??)] (1841)

Mr Patteson [preacher] (1829) [at/near Roehampton] (1832) (1833) [looks Patterson] (1840)

Mr Pearce [preached at Hanover Chapel] (1830)

Mrs Pearce [visits Mary] (1833)

Mr & Mrs B. Pearse (1830) [Brice Pearse?] (1830)

Two Miss Pearses (1830)

Mrs N. Pearse (1830) (1833)

Don Pedro [international (Sicily) politician] (1832)

Sir Robert Peel [political news: 1830]

Mrs Peile (1839) (1840) (1841)

Mr Peile [Charles away at school run by Mr P.] (1839) (1840) (1841)

and son (1841)

[Mr. Dawkins Pennant of Penryhn Castle] [1821]

Col. & Mrs Pennington [of Malhanger?] (1830)

Capt Percival (1830) [Emma’s proposer??]

Mr Percival (1830) [preached at Vere/Vera Street Chapel]

Miss Percival[l] [FANNY Percival?] (1829) (1830) (1832)

and her brother [Capt? Rev? none of the above??) (1830)

Mr Perkins [prob. Preston Deanery preacher] (1833)

Pesaroni [singer; presume lead role Italiana in Algieri] (1829)

Col & Mrs Pester [Paster? Peter?] (1830)

Mr Pitt (1833) (1841)

Mrs Pitt (1841)

[Plas Newydd, Anglesea] [1821]

Mr Pons [accompanies on job interview Miss Stevens] (1839)

Miss Sarah Ponsonby [1821]

Mr William Poole (1830)

The Portmans (1830)

Mr Potter [doctor]

Mr and Mrs Potter (1840) Mrs Potter (1841)

Lady Poulett [remarried widow Margaret of Sir John Smith-Burges; 2nd wife of 4th Earl Poulett] (1829)

Mrs Powell [calls with {maybe/maybe just same day?} Mrs Bond] (1839)

[Lord Powerscourt’s park (Ireland)] [1821]

Miss Prickett and her niece [Suttons] (1832)

Mr Propent? [Propest?] [eye doctor] (1839) [seems more GP now:] (1841)

Mr Protheroe (1829) (1830)

Mr Edward Protheroe (surely: d. 1852)[son of above?] (1829)

Mrs Protheroe [wife of Mr P.] (1829)



Ragus Minstrels [wind players] (1830)

Mr and Mrs Randolph (1829)

Mrs Ransom [gives Amy Austen-Leigh a lesson] (1841)

Mr and the Miss Rays (1840)

Mr Ray (1840)

Mr & Mrs Reedxx [Rudxx??? Budne?; met at the Christies’] (1839)

Reeves [new butler] (1840)

Mrs Reynolds [Mary lends £26: 1832] [lends £10: 1833]

Mr and Mrs Rich (1830)

Richard [Richard Gosling??] (1829)

Mr [Richard?] and Miss Roberts (1840)

Mr Robertson (1830)

Mr Robinson [prof. of Astronomy, Oxford] [1814]

Mr Roddam (1829) (1830) (1833) (1839)

Mrs Rolt (1839)

Mr Round (1829) (1830)

Mrs Round (1829) (1830) (1839)

Miss Rushout (1830)

Mrs Rushout (1833)


  1. Helen said,

    I am researching the Fuller-Maitland family and note your references to two ladies in your dramatis personae. I would be interested to know how this dramatis personae has been out together. Is it from an Austen book or play? Would love to know! Many thanks.

  2. Janeite Kelly said,

    Hi Helen, nice to hear from you. I am researching diaries. These particular lists of names come from the diaries of Lady Smith (nee Mary Gosling), 1800-1842. A handful of diaries exist for her at the Essex Record Office (Chelmsford), but also can be found in a huge microfilm series called Women’s Language and Experience (Essex is, if I remember correctly, in series FIVE). Looking at the list above, Mary mentions the Maitlands in 1830 and later diaries (there IS a hole in the series – seven years missing!). I am away from home at the moment but have transcribed the diaries (also the few her husband kept that still survive; and many of her sister-in-law’s, Emma Austen-Leigh). Will have a look for Maitlands and see what they all have to say about them; I may also have dug up some information on them. So will get back to you.

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