Anna Barbauld: A Brief Chronology
Silhouette of Barbauld This silhouette of Anna Barbauld appeared in The Works of Anna Laetitia Barbauld, with a Memoir by Lucy Aikin, 1825. An image of this page is available from Electronic Text Center, University of Virginia Library.
1743Birth on 20 June, Kibworth Harcourt, Leicestershire, first child of Reverend John Aikin, master of Kibworth School, and Jane Jennings Aikin
1747Birth on 15 January of her brother John
1758Move to Warrington in July. John Aikin takes the position of tutor of languages at the newly opened Dissenting academy, Warrington, Lancashire.
1761John Aikin becomes tutor in divinity and Joseph Priestley comes to Warrington in September as tutor of languages.
1767Priestley moves to Leeds and AB writes "On Mrs. Priestley's Leaving Warrington." Rochemont Barbauld is admitted to Warrington Academy.
1769AB writes "Corsica."
1771AB's brother completes medical studies.
1772John Aikin's Essays on Song-Writing (which includes AB's "Songs"). Hymns I-V appear in William Enfield's Hymns for Public Worship. AB's Poems published in December.
1773AB and JA publish Miscellaneous Pieces in Prose in August.
1774Marriage to Rochemont Barbauld on 26 May. They undertake the running of Palgrave School in Suffolk.
1775Devotional Pieces published.
1777Adoption of JA's third son Charles Rochemont Aikin (born 1775).
1778Lessons for Children of Two to Three Years Old (May) and Lessons for Children of Three Years Old (June).
1779Lessons for Children from Three to Four Years Old (April).
1780AB's father dies.
1781Hymns in Prose for Children (August).
1784John Aikin moves to Yarmouth, Norfolk.
1785AB's mother dies, the Barbaulds leave Palgrave School and tour France.
1786The Barbaulds return to England in June and settle in London.
1787The Barbaulds settle in Hampstead and Rochemont is minister to the Rosslyn Hill congregation. AB takes students.
1790An Address to the Opposers of the Repeal of the Corporation and Test Acts appears in March.
1791The Epistle to William Wilberforce appears in June.
1792Remarks on Gilbert Wakefield's Enquiry into . . . Public or Social Worship appears in May. John Aikin moves to London to escape persecution.
1793AB contributes to John Aikin's Evenings at Home (volumes 1-2 appear in January) and publishes Sins of Government, Sins of the Nation (April).
1794AB visits Scotland in September and October.
1795"Essay on Akenside's Poem on the Pleasures of Imagination."
1796Monthly Magazine edited by John Aikin until 1806. AB writes poems and essays for the MM.
1797 AB meets Coleridge in August.
1798John Aikin moves to Stoke Newington after an illness.
1802Barbaulds move to Stoke Newington in March.
1803Annual Review edited to 1809 by Arthur Aikin, the nephew of AB. AB contributes to AR.
1804AB's edition of Samuel Richardson's Correspondence (6 volumes) including a biography appears in June.
1805AB's edition, Selections from the Spectator, Tatler, Guardian, and Freeholder, with a Preliminary Essay appears in February.
1806John Aikin resigns from the Monthly Magazine and starts the Athenaeum (edits to 1809).
1807Agrees to writes prefaces for a collection of British novels.
1808Suicide of Rochemont Barbauld in November following an assault on AB in January and their separation in March.
1809AB writes for the Monthly Review (until 1815).
1810Publication of The British Novelists in 50 volumes.
1811AB edits The Female Speaker and completes Eighteen Hundred and Eleven by December.
1812Eighteen Hundred and Eleven appears in January.
1822Death of John Aikin.
1825Death of AB at Stoke Newington on 9 March. Works and A Legacy for Young Ladies, edited by Lucy Aikin, AB's niece, appear.