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BEALE , ANNE ( 1816 - 1900 ), writer .

Anne Beale made her home for many years at Llandilo, Carms. She was the author of many novels and stories , mainly for girls, and of a volume of Poems published in 1842 , the preface being signed ‘ Llwynhelig , Llandilo .’ Several of her novels deal with the manners and customs of the Welsh people. Few English writers have written more appreciatively of Wales . Her works include The Vale of the Towey, or Sketches in South Wales , 1844 , reissued as Traits and Stories of the Welsh Peasantry , 1849 ; Gladys of Harlech, an historical romance , 1858 ; Rose Mervyn of Whitelake 1879 , a story of the Rebecca riots ; and Gladys the Reaper , 1881 . She also contributed articles on Welsh topics to English periodicals, such as ‘ Mr. Superintendent Pryse: a Welsh sketch ,’ in Temple Bar , Oct. 1873 . She d. at 68 Belsize Road , South Hampstead , 17 April 1900 , aged 84.

Anne Beale is not to be confused with Anna Chrysogon Beale , who d., aged 82, 19 Sept. 1917 , and was a younger sister of Dorothea Beale , principal of the Ladies’ College , Cheltenham .


  • The Times , 20 April 1900 ;
  • F. Boase , Modern English Biography containing many thousand concise memiors of persons who have died since the year 1850, with an index of the most interesting matter , 1908 , iv, col. 321;
  • William Davies , Llandeilo-Vawr and its Neighbourhood past and present together with zoological, botanical and geological sketches, as well as a review of the commerce and commercial capabilities (1858) ;
  • catalogues of the British Museum and Cardiff Public Libraries;
  • and information supplied by the librarian, Ladies' College, Cheltenham, and the librarian, Public Library, Hampstead.


William Williams, F.L.A. (1885-1950), Aberystwyth

Published date: 1959