Memoirs of Mrs. Coghlan

TitleMemoirs of Mrs. Coghlan
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1971
AuthorsCoghlan, Margaret
PublisherArno Press
CityNew York

As the American-born daughter of a British army officer, Margaret Moncrieffe Coghlan (1763–1787) was forced to marry in 1777, with fourteen years, the British officer John Coghlan (~1754-1807). This marriage ruined according to her own narrative her life. She loved an American officer, but was forced to marry a British officer who she despised. The couple soon separated. Her misery led her into a host of financial, legal, and social problems. She died in 1787. In her memoir, which was first published in 1794, she describes her struggle and tries to justify her desperate circumstances. It provides valuable insight into the pressures faced by well-bred middle-class.

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