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Haycombe Cemetery - Fanny Burney

Who was she?

Wikipedia:  Frances Burney (13 June 1752 – 6 January 1840), also known as Fanny Burney and, after her marriage, as Madame d’Arblay, was an English novelist, diarist and playwright. Frances Burney’s first novel, Evelina or the History of a Young Lady’s Entrance into the World, was published anonymously in 1778, without her father’s knowledge or permission. The novel was a critical success, receiving praise from respected individuals, including the statesman Edmund Burke and literary critic Dr Johnson.

Why was she in Bath?

She married General Alexandre d'Arblay in 1792 and lived with him in France for more than ten years. They returned to Bath and lived there until their death. She was buried at St Swithin's Church, Walcot.

St Swithin's Church memorial

In 1987, the remains of Fanny Burney, her husband and her son, were transferred to Haycombe Cemetery in Bath from the Walcot burial ground when it was cleared for possible redevelopment. They are buried beneath the Rockery Garden on the western side of the cemetery - a stone marks the area (

Location of Fanny
        Burney remains at Haycombe Cemetary

Fanny Burney
          remains at Haycombe Cemetary

The text reads

"This Rockery Garden for the internment of cremated remains is on the site of remains transferred here from Walcot Cemetery in 1987 including:
Frances Burney, Mme d'Arblay, novelist, diarist and playwright, her husband General Alexandre d'Arbley and their son Alexander."

Location map of Haycombe Cemetery:



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