The Ladies of Llangollen:
11 May 1739 – 2 June 1829
- was considered an over-educated bookworm by her family.
- her mother tried to make her join a convent because she was remaining a spinster (read: hella gay).
1755 – 9 December 1831
- met Eleanor in 1768, quickly became close, made a plan to run away together.
Rather than face the possibility of being forced into unwanted marriages, they left County Kilkenny together in April 1778. Their families hunted them down and forcefully tried to make them give up their plans—but in vain.
They devoted their time to seclusion, private studies of literature and
languages and improving their estate. They did not actively socialise
and were uninterested in fashion (read: hella butch).
Butler and Ponsonby lived together for the rest of their lives, over 50 years.
Eleanor Butler died in 1829. Sarah Ponsonby died two years later.
They left behind volumes of letters and journals which give a
fascinating insight into their life together and their deep abiding love
for each other.
They are both buried at St Collen’s Church in Llangollen.