Surname Index


Dartmoor legends and other poems


A Lady

Exeter: William Roberts (1858) 120 pp.

Index prepared by Michael Steer

Dartmoor abounds with myths and legends. It is reputedly the haunt of pixies, a headless horseman, a mysterious pack of 'spectral hounds', and a large black dog. During the Great Thunderstorm of 1638, Dartmoor was even said to have been visited by the Devil. This small poetry book resulted from the author's visit to the region on holiday and the poems were written primarily for the amusement of her relatives. It was produced with subscriptions from her friends, and seems a typical example of the pixie, fairy, fervently religious, chauvinistic sorts of literature popular in the High Victorian period. Each of the poems is preceded with a short introduction providing a little information about its topic. This rare and much sought-after book was produced digitally from a copy donated in 1896 by Dr Theodore W Hunt in 1865 to the University of Princeton Library collection and can be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.

Abercrombie, General 105
Carew family 53
Childe, John 15, 18, 22-3, 27-8
Cromwell, Oliver 10, 13, 76
Elford family 74
Elford, Sir Marmaduke 10-1, 14, 75
Holdsworth, Arthur Lowe, Esq (dedication)
Prince 62
Reynolds, George 67
Richard I 54
Smith, General Sir Harry 105