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Frances Catherine Barnard

Frances Catherine Barnard (pen name, Mrs. Alfred Barnard; 7 May 1796 – 30 January 1869) was an English writer, poet, and playwright. She was the author of various dramatic works and tales.[1] Active in the 1800s, her work was published in England and in Australia. Much of her writing was related to the education of children. In the preface to Doleful Death and The Flowery Funeral of Fancy she wrote:— "For myself, if but one youthful mind become wiser or better from the perusal of my rhymes, I shall consider my trouble amply repaid".

Early years and family

Frances Catherine (sometimes spelled Katherine) Smith was born at Norwich, Norfolk, England, 7 May 1796;[1] and christened on 5 June 1796 at Octagon-Presbyterian, Norwich.[1] She was the eldest daughter and co-heir of Francis Smith, of Norwich (descendant of Robert Pierrepont, 1st Earl of Kingston-upon-Hull) and Sarah (Marsh).[2] Her uncle was Sir James Edward Smith, a successful botanist at the time who co-founded the Linnean Society.

On 10 Nov 1817, she married Alfred Barnard (b. Norwich, 1793) at St. Peter Mancroft, Norwich, gentleman, of the family of Barnard of Wansford Manor, Yorkshire, Iselham Hall, Cambridgeshire, Abington Hall, Northamptonshire, and Brampton Hall, Huntingdonshire, Baronets.[1] Together they had 10 children between 1819 and 1830. Frances Hinderly was baptized in 1819, and Mary, in 1820.[3] Their eldest son was Alfred Francis Barnard (1821–1894).[1] Four baptisms occurred in 1836: Alicia Mildred, Robert, Frederic William, and Jane Catherine.[3] Alicia Mildred Barnard (1825–1911) was a plant illustrator and a member of the Botanical Society of London.[4] Francis (1823-1912) was a microscopist, chemist, druggist, as well as a member of the Botanical Society of London who emigrated from Great Yarmouth, Norfolk to Australia.[5] Two of her sons, Frederick William Barnard and Algernon Sidney Barnard, also moved to Australia, where Algernon was stabbed to death.[6]


Embroidered Facts by Frances Catherine Barnard

Barnard authored and edited may books, writing under the name "Frances Catherine Barnard" and "Mrs. Alfred Barnard". Some of them included:

Barnard died at the age of 72 on 10 January 1869 in Norwich,[9] and was buried in Rosary Cemetery, Norwich.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Stock 1899, p. 163.
  2. ^ Waylen 1897, p. 100.
  3. ^ a b "Norwich - Octagon Presbyterian/Unitarian". Archived from the original on 2017-12-13. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  4. ^ Desmond 1977, p. 199.
  5. ^ Desmond 1977, pp. 200-01.
  6. ^ "Obituary - Sydney Algernon Barnard - Obituaries Australia". Archived from the original on 2018-03-13. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  7. ^ Barnard, Frances Catherine Mrs (1990). "The cottage and the hall, or carelessness corrected : By Mrs. Alfred Barnard". Yarmouth : printed by and for F. Skill. Sold in London by Simpkin, Marshall, and Co., Harvey and Darton, and other Booksellers.
  8. ^ Ball 1846, p. 1.
  9. ^ Office of The Law Times 1869, p. 260.



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