Catharine Macaulay

English historian, philosopher, feminist (1731-1791)

Catharine Macaulay (2 April 1731 – 22 June 1791) was an English historian. Between 1763 and 1783 Macaulay wrote her biggest work, The History of England from the Accession of James I to that of the Brunswick Line. Her 1790 work Letters on Education deeply influenced Mary Wollstonecraft.[1]

Early lifeEdit

Macaulay was born Catharine Sawbridge at Olantigh in Kent. She had two brothers. She was educated by a governess.

Personal lifeEdit

Macaulay married her first husband George Macaulay on 18 June 1760. In 1766, he died. In 1774, she moved to Bath. In 1788, Macaulay married William Graham. Macaulay died in Binfield in 1791.


  1. "Catharine Sawbridge Macaulay Graham (1731-1791)". George Washington's Mount Vernon. Retrieved 2021-05-19.