BRERETON, JANE (1685 - 1740), poetess
Name: Jane Brereton
Date of birth: 1685
Date of death: 1740
Spouse: Thomas Brereton
Parent: Anne Hughes
Parent: Thomas Hughes
Area of activity: Poetry
Author: Griffith Milwyn Griffiths
She was the daughter of Thomas and Anne Hughes, Bryn Griffith, near Mold. In 1711 she m. Thomas Brereton (1691 - 1722), one of the minor English dramatists. On the death of her husband in 1722 she is said to have settled in Wrexham where she d. 7 Aug. 1740 and was survived by two daughters.
Showing an aptitude for writing English verse she became a contributor to the Gentleman's Magazine and wrote under the pseudonym Melissa. After her death a volume of her work was published under the title Poems on several occasions, with letters to her friends and an account of her life (London, 1744).
- Griffith Milwyn Griffiths, Aberystwyth
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography;
- A. Chalmers, The General Biographical Dictionary containing an historical and critical account of the lives and writings of the most eminent persons in every nation (London 1812-16), vi;
Eminent Welshmen: a short biographical dictionary of Welshmen... from the earliest times to the present (1908);
NLW MS 9252.
- Wikipedia Article: Jane Brereton
Published date: 1959
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