Ann (Ward) Radcliffe

Ann (Ward) Radcliffe (1764 - 1823)

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Ann Radcliffe formerly Ward
Born in Holborn, London, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 15 Jan 1787 in Bath, Somerset, Englandmap
Died in Englandmap
Profile last modified 15 Aug 2018 | Created 14 May 2018
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Ann (Ward) Radcliffe is Notable.

Ann Ward was born on 9 July 1764 to William Ward, a haberdasher, and Ann (Oates) Radcliffe. Ann Ward was baptised 5 August 1764 St Andrew, Holborn.[1]

"Physically, she was said to be 'exquisitely proportioned' – quite short, complexion beautiful – 'as was her whole countenance, especially her eyes, eyebrows and mouth.'"[2]

On 15 January 1787, she married (by licence) William Radcliffe in Bath, Somerset, [3]

pioneer of the Gothic novel

buried in a vault in the Chapel of Ease at St George's, Hanover Square, London

"She never appeared in public, nor mingled in private society, but kept herself apart, like the sweet bird that sings its solitary notes, shrouded and unseen." [4]


  • The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne (1 vol.) 1789
  • A Sicilian Romance (2 vols) 1790
  • The Romance of the Forest (3 vols) 1791
  • The Mysteries of Udolpho (4 vols) 1794
  • The Italian (3 vols) 1797
  • Gaston de Blondeville (4 vols) published posthumously 1826


  1. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 February 2018, Ann Ward, 05 Aug 1764); citing SAINT ANDREW,HOLBORN,LONDON,ENGLAND, index based upon data collected by the Genealogical Society of Utah, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 374,354.
  2. Ruth Facer, "Anne Radcliffe (1764-1823)", Chawton House Library
  3. Parish marriage register (Bath, Somerset), transcribed by Somerset & Dorset Family History Society, viewed via findmypast
  4. Edinburgh Review, 1823

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