Manuscript Collection: MS 0017
diary (ca. 300 p.)
Agency History/Biographical note:
Fanny Ogle's date of birth is unknown; she died in 1850. Ogle was
most probably a spinster. She appears to have been well educated,
fairly wealthy, and of the upper class. It is likely that Fanny Ogle
lived most of her life in Scotland.
Scope and Content:
The Fanny Ogle Diary is a daily chronicle from April 1845 to August
1846, a period in which she divided her time between Corstorphine and
nearby Edinburgh, Scotland. Fanny Ogle appears to have been both
unmarried and fairly wealthy; there is little mention of her
immediate family in the diary. However, throughout the chronicle
Ogle is accompanied by an invalid woman whom she cares for. Ogle's
diary primarily records her daily activities such as going to church,
walking, reading books and newspapers, paying visits, writing
letters, and sitting in the garden. Descriptions of these activities
are usually not accompanied by extensive reflection. Ogle takes
daily inventory of the weather in her diary. There are also
occasionally extensive passages dealing with nature, religion, and
Cite as: Fanny Ogle Diary, Mount Holyoke College, Archives
and Special Collections, South Hadley, Mass.
Access Restrictions: Unrestricted.