Anna Maria Bennett

Anna Maria Bennett (1750 – 1808, E) was a novelist whose best-known work is the epistolary novel ‘Agnes de-Courci’ (1789). She was probably born in Merthyr Tydfil and some sources give her name as Agnes Maria Bennett. She was briefly married to customs officer Thomas Bennett, but while sheltering in a chandler’s shop after moving to London, she met Vice-Admiral Thomas Pye. She became his housekeeper and mistress in Tooting, Surrey and the couple had at least two illegitimate children together, Thomas Pye Bennett and Harriet Pye Bennett.


  • Anna: or Memoirs of a Welch Heiress, 1785
  • Juvenile Indiscretions, 1786
  • Agnes de-Courci: a Domestic Tale, 1789
  • Ellen, Countess of Castle Howel, 1794
  • The Beggar Girl and he Benefactors, 1797
  • De Valcourt, 1800
  • Vicissitudes Abroad, 1806

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