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Elizabeth Anne Sheridan (Linley)

Death: Died
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Thomas Linley and Mary Linley
Wife of Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Mother of Thomas Sheridan
Sister of Mary Tickell; Thomas Linley; Samuel Linley; Maria Linley; Ozias Linley and 2 others

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About Elizabeth Anne Sheridan


Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley) (7 September 1754 – 28 June 1792) was the first daughter (and second of twelve children) of the composer Thomas Linley and his wife Mary Johnson, and was herself the wife of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan.


Of the Linley children destined for musical careers, it is said[citation needed] that Elizabeth had the greatest talent and beauty. Trained by her father at an early age, her first performance was at Covent Garden Theatre aged 12, alongside her brother in The Fairy Favour on 31 January 1767. In May Elizabeth sang and Thomas played the violin in a concert at Bath. Despite her growing reputation and the London concert rooms readily available to her as a result, her father forced her to promise to marry Walter Long, after much protest, to prevent her taking a theatrical career and to bring wealth into the Linley family. On 26 June 1771, a new comedy, called The Maid of Bath, opened at the Haymarket Theatre, dramatising her story.

Elizabeth had many proposals of marriage, but on 18 March 1772 she eloped with Richard Brinsley Sheridan to France. However, they were both underage and so the marriage was invalid until Elizabeth’s father eventually consented officially on 13 April 1772 at Marylebone, London, one day after her last public appearance. In 1772 Sheridan fought a famous duel against Captain Thomas Mathews in defence of Elizabeth's character, which Mathews had defamed in a newspaper article. She suffered many miscarriages due to poor health, but she finally delivered a son, Tom (1775–1819). She died of tuberculosis at Bristol in 1792 aged 38.

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Elizabeth Anne Sheridan's Timeline

April 13, 1772
Age 18
London, United Kingdom
Age 21
June 8, 1792
Age 38