Thornton, Marianne

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Thornton, Marianne Gender: F
born on 10 March 1797 at 04:00 (= 04:00 AM )
Place London, England, 51n30, 0w10
Timezone LMT m0w10 (is local mean time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 20°07' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 12°20 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 15°29'


English bluestocking, a civil rights activist, who campaigned for the abolition of slavery. She was from a noted family, the eldest of the nine children of Henry Thornton (1760-1815), an economist, banker, philanthropist and parliamentarian, and his wife, Marianne Sykes (1765–1815), daughter of Joseph Sykes, a merchant from Hull.

After the death of her parents she became the head of the Thornton family. She lived in Clapham, London for most of her long life. She was the subject of a biography by her great nephew and beneficiary, E.M. Forster (1879–1970), the novelist, who was one of Henry Thornton's great-grandchildren. Marianne Thornton willed him 8,000 pounds to be held in trust, which he later used for his travel to Italy and education.

Marianne Thornton died on 5 November 1887 at age ninety, when E.M. Forster was almost nine years old.

Link to Wikipedia biography (German)


  • has other family relationship with Forster, E. M. (born 1 January 1879). Notes: Great aunt and benefactress


Source Notes

Radha Shenoy by email, quotes Marianne Thornton: A Domestic Biography 1797-1887 by E.M. Forster in which E.M. Forster mentions the father's letter to his father-in-law, "My dear Sir - It is with the utmost satisfaction that I write to tell you that my dear M. at 4. o'clock this morning gave me a fine little girl."


  • Family : Childhood : Family large (One of nine siblings)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Family : Childhood : Order of birth (Eldest of nine)
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Wealthy
  • Lifestyle : Financial : Other Financial (Willed money to her great nephew)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 90)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Notable : Famous : Other Famous (Subject of biography)