Ladies of Llangollen

Caroline’s cousin was Sarah Ponsonby who with Lady Eleanor Butler eloped to Llangollen in Wales from their confines in Co Wicklow causing quite a stir! The two ladies settled in a cottage known as Plas Newydd where they spent the rest of their lives together (some 50 years) in perfect companionship while entertaining a constant flow of visiting dignitaries on their way to and from Holyhead and the awaiting boat to Ireland. These included such vip’s as the Duke of Wellington but mainly writers and poets such as Wordsworth, Shelley and Byron and others. They had a loyal maid in the form of Mary Caryll who had accompanied them from Ireland and stayed with them until her death in 1809.

The diaries of the Ladies feature strongly in the Hamwood Papers now held at the National Library in Dublin.