Francis, Anne (DNB00)

FRANCIS, ANNE (1738–1800), authoress, daughter of the Rev. Daniel Gittins, rector of South Stoke, near Arundel, Sussex, was educated by her father in the classics and Hebrew, and became a competent scholar. She married the Rev. Robert Bransby Francis, rector of Edgefield, near Holt, Norfolk. She died on 7 Nov. 1800. She published: 1. ‘A Poetical Translation of the Song of Solomon from the original Hebrew, with a preliminary Discourse and Notes, historical and explanatory,’ 1781, 4to. 2. ‘The Obsequies of Demetrius Poliorcetes: a Poem,’ 1785, 4to. 3. ‘A Poetical Epistle from Charlotte to Werther,’ 1788, 4to. 4. ‘Miscellaneous Poems,’ 1790, 12mo.

[Dallaway's Western Sussex, ii. 193.]

J. M. R.