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Frances Sheridan (Chamberlaine)

Birthdate: (42)
Birthplace: Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Death: September 26, 1766 (42)
Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Dr. Phillip Chamberlayne
Wife of Thomas Sheridan
Mother of Alicia Sheridan; Charles Francis Sheridan; Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Butler Sheridan; Alicia Elizabeth Le Fanu; Anne Elizabeth Le Fanu and 1 other

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Frances Sheridan

Frances Sheridan was an Anglo-Irish novelist and playwright.

Frances Chamberlaine was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her father, Dr. Phillip Chamberlaine, was an Anglican minister. In 1747 she married Thomas Sheridan, who was then an actor and theatre director, and at the same time she began work on her first novel, Eugenia and Adelaide. The couple moved to London permanently in 1758 for business reasons (after an earlier sortie to London in 1754). In London Frances was introduced to Samuel Richardson, who encouraged her in her writing. Her most successful novel, Memoirs of Miss Sidney Bidulph (1761), in diary format, was influenced by Samuel Richardson's Pamela. She then turned to drama, and two of her plays were produced at London's Drury Lane theatre by David Garrick's company in the 1760s. Frances Sheridan was the mother of the famous playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and her son's early successful plays were much influenced by his mother's plays. Frances Sheridan's daughter, Alicia Sheridan Lefanu (1753-1817), wrote a play, Sons of Erin, which was produced in London in 1812. Sheridan's second daughter, Anne Elizabeth Sheridan Lefanu (1756-1837) wrote as well, and some of her journals were published in 1960 as Betsy Sheridan's Journal, Letters from Sheridan's sister, 1784-1786 and 1788-1790. Frances Sheridan died at age 42 in Blois, France. Her oriental tale, The History of Nourjahad, and her sequel to The Memoirs of Miss Sidney Biddulph, were published posthumously.

A book-length biography of Frances Sheridan was published in 1824, written by her granddaughter, Alicia LeFanu.

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Frances Sheridan's Timeline

Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland
Age 24
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
July 23, 1750
Age 26
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
October 30, 1751
Age 27
Dublin, Dublin City, Dublin, Ireland
January 1753
Age 29
Age 34
September 26, 1766
Age 42
Blois, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire, France