Catherine Grace Godwin

Catherine Grace Godwin (25 December 1798 – 1845) was a Scottish novelist, amateur painter and poet.[2]

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Self portrait[1]
Catherine Grace Garnett

25 December 1798
DiedMay 1, 1845(1845-05-01) (aged 46)
Known forpoetry
SpouseThomas Godwin


Catherine Grace Garnett was born in Glasgow on 15 December 1798.[3] Her mother, Catherine Grace Cleveland, died in childbirth. Her father, Dr. Thomas Garnett, devastated by the loss of his wife died in 1802.[4] Godwin and her elder sister were brought up by a friend of their mother, Mary Worboys, in the village of Barbon near Kirkby Lonsdale in Westmoreland.[3]

Girl in a white and red dress By Catherine Grace Godwin

She began painting and writing poetry in earnest when she was fifteen but she did not publish any work until 1854. The book allowed her to become a correspondent and eventually meet William Wordsworth.[1]

She published a romance titled Reine Canziani but she did not use her name on the cover. She did publish her best known work The Wanderer's Legacy and other poems in 1828 which she dedicated to Wordsworth.[1]

Godwin published The Night before the Bridal and other poems before she married Thomas Godwin who had worked for the East India Company. She followed this with another book of poetry and she died in May 1845 in Barbon.[3]

In 1854, A. Cleveland Wigan gathered together her poems and had them published with her self-portrait.[1]

Selected worksEdit

  • Alicia Grey, Or, to Be Useful Is to Be Happy
  • Reine Canziani
  • Josephine, Or, Early Trials
  • The Wanderer's Legacy: a Collection of Poems, on Various Subjects
  • Louisa Seymour, or, Hasty Impressions
  • The Reproving Angel: A Vision
  • Esther More, or, Truth is Wisdom
  • Basil Harlow, or Prodigality is not Generosity
  • Cousin Kate, or the Punishment of Pride
  • Scheming, A Tale


  1. ^ a b c d The Poetical Works of the Late Great Catherine Grace Godwin, A. Cleveland Wigan, 1854
  2. ^ "The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography". Godwin, Catherine Grace (1798–1845), poet and writer. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. pp. ref:odnb/10888. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/10888. Retrieved 27 December 2014. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  3. ^ a b c "Godwin, Catherine Grace" . Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.
  4. ^ Garnett, Richard (1890). "Garnett, Thomas (1766–1802)" . In Stephen, Leslie; Lee, Sidney (eds.). Dictionary of National Biography. Vol. 21. London: Smith, Elder & Co. citing: [Memoir prefixed to Zoonomia, 1804; Gent. Mag. 1802; Becker's Scientific London.]