Life[edit | edit source]
Jemmat was born Catherine Yeo at Exter, the daughter of Admiral John Yeo. Her mother died when she was 6; after her father remarried, she was sent away to boarding school, and learned to earn a living by needlework.
Her father was abusive, and tried to arrange a marriage for her. The man she married, a silk merchant from Plymouth, was also abusive and an alcoholic, who went bankrupt.
In 1761 Jemmat published her Proposal to print her memoirs by subscription. Those came out in 1762, with 300 subscribers, including many aristocrats and high-ranking naval officers.
Her only collection of poetry was published in 1766, also by subscription, with a list of subscibers that included a number of noble persons.
Publications[edit | edit source]
Non-fiction[edit | edit source]
- Memoirs. (2 volumes), London: privately printed, 1762.
Collected editions[edit | edit source]
- Miscellanies, in Prose and Verse. London: privately printed, 1766.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Jemmat, Catherine, Paul Baines, Julian Ferraro, & Pat Rogers, Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Eighteenth-Century Writers and Writing, John Wiley & Sons, 2010, 194. Google Books, Web, July 22, 2016.
- Catherine Jemmat (1720 ca.-1766), English Poetry, 1579-1830, Center for Applied Technologies in the Humanities, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University. Web, July 22, 2016.
- Search results = au:Catherine Jemmat, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, July 22, 2016.
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