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Margaret Farrington: Sociability and Sanity in Georgian England

Pears, Richard

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Margaret Farrington was a single woman declared to be a lunatic in 1765 and moved with legal authority from a fashionable London residence to lodgings in her home town, Newcastle upon Tyne. Analysis of her possessions in an inventory and biographical details recovered by subsequent research suggest a life immersed in the sociability of the metropolis before her illness. Her subsequent care by her relatives is documented; this may have been a more typical form of care than institutional provision for people with mental illness, although the latter has received much more attention in previous literature.


Pears, R. (2022). Margaret Farrington: Sociability and Sanity in Georgian England. Northern History, 59(2), 194-215.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 19, 2022
Online Publication Date Sep 22, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Nov 8, 2022
Publicly Available Date Dec 9, 2022
Journal Northern History
Print ISSN 0078-172X
Electronic ISSN 1745-8706
Publisher Taylor and Francis Group
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 59
Issue 2
Pages 194-215


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