About Me

Let me introduce myself. I’m Sarah Murden, FRHistS, an 18th century historian and genealogist and have been described by others as a super sleuth.

I would describe myself very much as a ‘history detective’ and I never really know until I begin research where it will lead, hence the diversity of the posts. If possible, in each blog post, I try to include at least one piece of new or little-known information, which means setting myself quite a challenge. It’s always very easy to take facts presented as being accurate, rather than double checking to be sure. Having checked them out I have quite often found that they lead you on a very different and unexpected journey.

I aim to remain true to the blog title ‘All Things Georgian‘, so nothing is out-of-bounds and hopefully, the posts will provide readers with a sample of what life was life during that period, warts and all.

Together with Joanne Major, who formerly hosted articles on here, we have published five books with Pen and Sword Books:-

An Infamous Mistress: The Life, Loves and Family of the Celebrated Grace Dalrymple Elliott.

A Right Royal Scandal: Two Marriages That Changed History

A Georgian Heroine: The Intriguing Life of Rachel Charlotte Williams Biggs.

All Things Georgian: Tales from the Long Eighteenth Century

A History of the Dukes of Bolton 1600-1815

You can find out more about them in the ‘Books‘ tab above.

Where to find me on social media:

Twitter: @sarahmurden

Facebook: All Things Georgian




7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Gloria

    In 1794 Mary Pattison Irwin began making rope in Pittsburgh US, operating under the business name John Irwin & Wife. To even be mentioned as Wife was a rarity in that era.
    John had been severely wounded fighting with the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Mary was the person who managed every aspect of the business, from purchasing supplies, hiring workers, selling the product.
    John died soon after they’d established their business, leaving Mary with 4 kids under the age of 12 & 4,000 miles from her homeland of Northern Ireland with a growing business.
    But she persisted & the rope making became wildly successful as Pittsburgh established itself as an industrial hub and gateway to the West.
    I don’t know whether Mary had trade cards, but she sure as hell had spirit!

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  2. Audio

    Thanks for your research and interesting articles.
    Reading about Dido Elizabeth Belle and her descendents on your site.
    You made no mention of what became of the Indian child of Dido’s son Charles and whether that line of her family had been possible to research & may have continued (continues)?


    1. Sarah Murden

      Charles and Hannah had two daughters that I’m aware of, both were born in India, Ada (1837-1837) who died in India when only a few months old. The other was Lavinia Hannah (1838-1876), returned to England with her parents and went on to marry Dr James Dickinson Steele. Both girls are mentioned in the article.
      I’m not aware of Charles having an Indian child, but perhaps you know of one? Given that he was in his early 40’s when he married it’s quite feasible that he fathered other children before marrying?


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