The accomplished Mrs Boscawen at Hatchlands Park

Back in 2018, a century on from the passing of the Representation of the People Act, the National Trust launched ‘Women and Power’, a year-long national programme celebrating that historic milestone.

At Hatchlands Park we celebrated the life and achievements of Frances Boscawen, the first ‘Lady of the House’. Fanny was a founding member of the Bluestocking Society, notable for giving women a public voice and cultural standing in a time where to be an educated woman was frowned upon. We hope that you continue to enjoy reading about Fanny, her legacy and her inspirational friends.

A portrait of Fanny Boscawen
" I look upon it as a fortunate omen to begin my New Year in Mrs. Boscawen’s company. She is in her conversation everything that can make the hours pass agreeably. I must be happier, and I should be better for her friendship."
- Elizabeth Montagu

Family, friends and legacy