Memoirs of Mrs. Coghlan

TitleMemoirs of Mrs. Coghlan
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1971
AuthorsCoghlan, Margaret
Number of Pages137
PublisherArno Press
CityNew York

As the American-born daughter of a British army officer, Margaret Moncrieffe Coghlan (1763–1787) was forced to marry  British officer John Coghlan (~1754–1807) in 1777 at age 14. Margaret despised the man, and claims that the marriage ruined her life. The couple soon separated. Her misery led her into a host of financial, legal, and social problems, and she died in 1787. In her memoir, which was first published in 1794, she describes her struggle and tries to justify her desperate circumstances. Her work provides valuable insight into the pressures faced by well-bred middle-class women of the time.

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