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. I’m enjoying reading your endeavours translating this section of the diary. I knew of the Scottish visit with Sibella but had mused over whether Anne had visited Northumberland en route, or at any other time. Her quest for knowledge would suggest her fancy to do so. Now thanks to your work (day 2) I read of Alnwick. Belford, Bamburgh as well as Tyneside. My interest in Anne is primarily in her as the curious mind adventurer, landowner. The relationships are fascinating, yet it’s often the mundane everyday which really excite my curiosity. I shall enjoy reading your updates as I can and as they are published. With best regards.

    1. With apologies for incorrectly quoting day 2, I was ahead of myself. Day 1 entry through Northumberland. Regards.

    2. Thanks for your comment, Andrew. I’m so pleased that you’re interested in what you describe as the ‘more mundane’ parts of Anne Lister’s diary because there are vast tracts of what some might describe as ‘mundane’ or ‘tedious’ or ‘pedantic’ accounts of scenery, history, farming methods, business, church sermons etc which take a loooooong time to transcribe, Anne’s plainhand actually being harder to read than her crypthand. I’m fascinated by it too; she had such a wide range of interests and a very broad general knowledge.

    1. Thank you for your interest, Kathy. I am working on transcribing with a passion, but I have limited time. I’ll post as much new stuff as often as I can.

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