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Anne Baynard

b. 1672/73, Preston, Lancashire, England; d. 1697, Barnes, Surrey, England

The correct spelling of this name is ANN BAYNARD.

Like most young women of her class, Ann Baynard was tutored by her father, a member of the Royal College of Physicians in London. Her education encompassed classical languages and philosophy as well as science and mathematics, preparing her for a scholarly life. Considered in her time an exemplar of piety and virtue, her erudition was directed to the elucidation of Protestant theology; she disdained secular learning for its own sake. Although she wrote a number of texts in Latin and English, none has survived.