Ingelow, Jean

BORN 13 Mar 1820, Boston, Lincolnshire - DIED 20 Jul 1897, London: No. 6 Holland Villas Road, Kensington
GRAVE LOCATION London: Brompton Cemetery, Old Brompton Road, West Brompton (I (family grave))

Daughter of the banker William Ingelow. She was shy and as a girl she contributed verses and stories to magazines under the name of "Orris". When she was thirty years old her first anonymously published work appeared, "A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings". Tennyson liked it and wondered who the author was. Later they became friends. It was followed by "Poems" (1863) that turned her into a literary celebrity. Soon her poetry also became popular in the USA.

She also wrote novels and childrenīs stories. She moved to London but remained modest and humble. She never married, although she was linked to the widowed Robert Browning and she turned down at least one proposal. When Tennyson died in 1892 a group of Americans drew up a petition asking her to be created the next Poet Laureate. Christina Rossetti seemed to be a candidate as well but she approved of Ingelow. But Alfred Austin became the next Poet Laureate.

The last part of her life she lived in Kensington and she died at home. She was buried in the family grave on Brompton Cemetery with her parents and two brothers.

Related persons
• knew Rossetti, Christina Georgina

24/7/1897Jean Ingelow is buried at Brompton Cemetery. John Ruskin sent a cross of roses and the soprano Antoinette Sterling sang "The Lord is my Shepherd" at the graveside. [Ruskin, John]


The grave of Jean Ingelow at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (13 May 2011)


The grave of Jean Ingelow at Brompton Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (13 May 2011)


• Crawford, Anne and others, The Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women, Europa Publications Ltd, London, 1983
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Published: 13 Apr 2014
Last update: 08 Mar 2022