Anne Lister Timeline


This website investigates the life of Anne Lister, a 19th-century landowner and diarist from Yorkshire. Lister is the subject of the recent Gentleman Jack TV series. Here you can explore accessible timelines and maps based on publicly available research to better understand Lister's life and travels.

All of the information held on this website is verified using ongoing research, diary transcriptions and currently published work on Anne Lister and her contemporaries, for this reason it is subject to change as more information is uncovered over time.

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Yorkshire landowner Anne Lister lived just 49 years. She accomplished a great deal in this time. She remodelled her estate in Yorkshire, travelled across Europe, climbed mountains and engaged socially and romantically with a wide social circle. This timeline outlines her key relationships, trips and other events.

by Amanda Pryce, Jenna Beyer, 2019 - Main source materials are listed belowUpdated 6/7/2020
Sources: Female Fortune: Land, Gender and Authority by Jill Liddington, 1997Presenting the Past: Anne Lister of Halifax 1791-1840 by Jill Liddington, 1994Nature's Domain: Anne Lister and the Landscape of Desire by Jill Liddington, 2003Gentleman Jack: The Real Anne Lister by Anne Choma, 2019I Know My Own Heart: The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister: Volume I by Helena Whitbread, 1988No Priest But Love:The Secret Diaries of Miss Anne Lister: Volume II by Helena Whitbread, 1992Miss Lister of Shibden Hall, Halifax: Selected Letters, 1800-1840 by Muriel Green, 1992The Early Life of Miss Anne Lister and the Curious Tale of Miss Eliza Raine by Patricia Hughes, Gentleman Jack: A Biography of Anne Lister — Regency Landowner, Seducer and Secret Diarist by Angela Steidele, 2017West Yorkshire Archive Service

Mariana Percy Belcombe Lawton

by Shantel Smith, 2020Updated 6/7/2020

Anne Lister travelled widely. Travel through her eyes in these interactive maps that include extracts from her diaries, travel journals and images of sights and landmarks she visited.

Anne's travel diaries are remarkable for what they tell us about life in the period, but her insights also explore her feelings and friendships.

by Various contributors 2019-2020Updated 6/7/2020