Who were the Nuns?

A Prosopographical study of the English Convents in exile 1600-1800

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Mary Bedingfeld, in religion Benedicta.
Born: 1758 in York, Yorks.
Died: 27 Mar 1811 in Preston, Lancs, aged 53.

father: Edward Bedingfield Esq of York, Yorks
mother: Katherine Swinburne of Capheaton, Northd

Benedictines, Ghent choir nun.

She professed 10 May 1775, aged 16.

School Mistress
Novice Mistress in 1799
Cellarer in 1800
Procuratrix in 1800
Abbess in 1809

Sources: Ghent Obit: 92; Ghent Annals: 92, 96, 98-9.

Family tree (Bedingfield of Bedingfield and Redlingfield)
Family tree (Lawson of Brough)
Family tree (Swinburne of Capheaton)


Kirk has Sir Henry Bedingfield as father and Mary Swinburne as mother

She was elected Abbess in 1809, but died before consecration. The Annals use the title Abbess when writing about her; see 99