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Biography of Anne Elinor Prevost

Painting of Anne Elinor Prevost

Name: Anne Elinor Prevost
Date: 1795 – unknown
Role: Diarist
Girlhood achievement: Kept journals of the War of 1812

The daughter of British commander-in-chief Sir George Prevost, 17-year-old Anne was close to the action as the War of 1812 unfolded. Her father oversaw the British forces in North America during the three-year conflict. Anne wrote often in her diary. Her journal entries offer fascinating insights into those tumultuous times. For example, when war was declared on June 25, 1812, Anne wrote:

Although I knew how small a force we had to defend the Canadas... I did not feel the slightest apprehension of any reverse. I thought those abominable Yankees deserved a good drubbing for having dared to think of going to War with England.

British-born Anne was an intrepid girl who preferred riding and snowshoeing to sewing and language studies. On one social outing, she nimbly scaled a rocky outcrop along with several men, leaving the other guests gasping at her daring!

Once the war ended, however, Anne faced difficult times. Both her father and her mother died, followed soon after by her only brother and sister. Anne never married. While we know little about her later life, her journals survive as amazing chronicles of an important time in Canada's history!

Anne Elinor Prevost – a history-making Canadian girl and a great Canadian woman.

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