The main purpose of this website is to present transcriptions Anne Lister’s journal in an uncut, largely unedited format for the edification and enjoyment of all those with an interest in this remarkable woman. (Why was she remarkable? See here.)

Due to the sheer volume of writing produced by Anne Lister over her lifetime (estimated to be 4 million words, or 6,600 pages), it has been necessary for published works containing transcriptions of Lister’s journals (details of these works here) to select only parts (albeit what were considered the most interesting or relevant parts) of what Lister wrote for inclusion. In fact, the majority of Lister’s journals have not been published. I’ve been left with a burning curiosity to read more, read Lister’s words in her own hand, discover more about her, read even the tedious details edited out of published works.

Since starting transcribing I’ve largely been focussing on a period of Anne Lister’s life that has not been covered in any of the published works: a tour she took of Scotland with Sibella Maclean from May to July 1828. If you want to read this sequence of journal entries in order start here.

Anne Lister & Sibella Maclean
Anne Lister timeline (and travel maps)

Interactive timeline and maps compiled by Amanda Pryce – explore Anne Lister’s life.

The Anne Lister Phenomenon

Why Anne Lister has so many modern day admirers?
How to read Anne Lister’s original journals

Where to find them online and tips on how to read them.

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  1. Hi,
    I was reading on Jeanette Winterson’s blog about Anne Lister and she wrote “Erotic intensity between women was not taken seriously in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries – sometimes it was encouraged as a prelude to marriage, and in any case women often shared a bed, so much so that a husband would not think it odd to vacate the marital bed when a special friend arrived on a visit. Touching and kissing were allowed to be a part of women’s shared vocabulary…” I’m really intrigued by this, but haven’t seen this written about anywhere before. Does anyone have any historical “proof” of this? Thanks.

    1. Hi Emily
      If you Google ‘romantic friendship’ I’m sure you’ll find lots more information. There’s been lots of historical research on this although I’m no expert. There’s a book ‘Intimate Friends,’ by Martha Vicinus which I have on my shelf and haven’t read yet which as well as being illuminating in itself has loads of references to other books and academic papers.

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