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Elizabeth Linley

Who was she?

Wikipedia: Elizabeth Ann Sheridan (née Linley) (7 September 1754 – 28 June 1792) was the second daughter (and second of twelve children) of the composer Thomas Linley and his wife Mary Johnson, and was herself the wife of the playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan. Of the seven Linley children destined for musical careers, it is said that Elizabeth had the greatest talent and beauty. Trained by her father at an early age, her first performance was at Covent Garden Theatre aged twelve, alongside her brother in The Fairy Favour on 31st January 1767. In May, Elizabeth sang and Thomas played the violin in a concert at Bath.

Why was she in Bath?

Her father was a music teacher and harpsichord player. The family had lived in Bath for many years, firstly at Abbey Green, then at Pierrepont Place (below) and finally at 11, Royal Crescent.

Location of plaque at Linley House, Pierrepont Place

Elizabeth Linley plaque

The text reads

"Elizabeth Anne Linley afterwards Mrs R. B. Sheridan Lived Here 1767-1771"

Location map of Linley House, Pierrepont Place:Elizabeth Linley location map



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