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Catherine Drew - The Forest Poetess

Catherine Drew was born on 30 May 1784, and died on 21 March 1867 in Cinderford. Her grave is at St. John's church Cinderford. During her life she wrote many poems about the Forest, some of which were published in a limited edition book, of which it is understood that only 100 copies were printed.

It is hoped to be able to obtain some of those poems to include here. First we have to find a copy of the book!

Marie Sims <[email protected]> writes:

My 5th Great-Grandmother Catherine Smith DREW (1784-1867) published a book of poems in 1841 titled "A Collection of Poems on the Forest of Dean and its Neighbourhood"
St. John's Cinderford Catherine Drew's Grave

at St. John's Church, Cinderford

IN

MEMORY OF

CATHERINE DREW

THE FOREST POETESS

BORN MAY 30 1784

WHO DIED MARCH 21 1867

NO SIN NO GREIF NO PAIN
SAFE IN MY HAPPY HOME
MY FEARS ALL FLED AND DOUBTS ALL SLAIN
MY HOUR OF TRIUMPH COME

The actual inscription is already hard to read, and the surface of the stone is decaying badly. The whole surface is about to fall off entirely. A couple of years more winter frosts, and it is likely to be gone.

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Genealogy Pages for Catherine DREW by Marie Simms

 

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