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Mary Shelley Living in Dundee - June 1812 to May 1814

The feminist writer, Mary Wollstonecraft, was born in Spitalfields, London, on 27 April 1759. Her daughter, Mary Shelley (nee Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin), is famous for marrying Percy Bysshe Shelley and also for writing the classic gothic novel, 'Frankenstein'.

In early June 1812, her father, William Godwin, sent Mary to stay with William Baxter (a radical dissenter) and his family in Dundee. Word has it that the city of Dundee acted as quite a muse for the teenage Mary, and that it inspired some of the settings in her famous novel.

To mark her mother's birthday and the also the bicentenary of her time in Dundee, we've done a wee bit of research to bring some of this story to life. We've taken a photo of the plaque that mentions the cottage (located in South Baffin Street, off Broughty Ferry Road) that Mary stayed in. We've also checked the Valuation Rolls and found that even in 1915, the properties in this area were still owned by the Baxter family.

Mary Shelley returned to London in May 1814, and eloped with 'the modern Prometheus' (aka Shelley) in late July of the same year.

View the Valuation Roll for the Baxter family.

View the street plaque for 'the Cottage' that Mary Shelley lived in during her time in Dundee.

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