Lamb, Mary Ann

BORN 3 Dec 1764, London - DIED 20 May 1847, London
GRAVE LOCATION Enfield, Greater London: All Saints Churchyard, Church Street, Edmonton, Enfield

Mary Ann Lamb was the sister of the author Charles Lamb. She suffered from a mental ilness and in 1796 she stabbed her mother to death during a breakdown. Charles was only 21 years old at the time but took care of her. They stayed together, but she was occasionally committed to mental institutions when her derangement returned.

In 1801 they formed a literary circle that resulted for Mary in friendships with Sarah Stoddart and Dorothy Wordsworth. They also befriended William Godwin and his second wife Mary Jane Clairmont. After Godwin asked Mary to write for his Juvenile Library she and Charles and Mary collaborated on the collection "Tales from Shakespeare" (1807).

In 1823 Charles and Mary adopted the fourteen years old Emma Isola after the death of Emma's father. She lived with them happily for five years. In 1833 Mary moved to a home for mentally ill people in Edmonton and Charles followed her there. Charles died in 1834. Mary moved to London in 1842 with her nurses. After her death in 1847 she was buried with Charles in Edmonton Churchyard.

Related persons
• is brother/sister of Lamb, Charles

7/2/1816Fanny Kelly is shot at in the Covent Garden Theatre in London. The disturbed George Barnett shot at her when she was on the stage. Part of of the shot landed in the lap of Mary Lamb, who was present together with her brother Charles, who wanted to marry Fanny. [Lamb, Charles]


Charles Lamb's cottage in Edmonton, London.
Picture by Androom (18 Jun 2022)


The grave of Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb at All Saints Churchyard in Edmonton, Enfield, Greater London.
Picture by Androom (18 Jun 2022)


• Crawford, Anne and others, The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, Europa Publications Ltd, London, 1983
• Vincent, Benjamin, Haydn's Dictionary of Dates, and Universal Information, Ward, Lock & Co, London, 1906
Wikipedia (EN):

Lampo, Hubert

Published: 14 May 2024
Last update: 14 May 2024