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The Life and Adventures Of Mrs Christian Davies, Commonly called Mother Ross.
Printed for and Sold by R.Montagu1830
MOTHER ROSS, FOOT SOLDIER AND DRAGOON. DAVIES, Mrs Christian. The Life and Adventures Of Mrs Christian Davies , Commonly Called Mother Ross; Who, in Several Campaigns Under King William and the Late Duke Of Marlborough, in the Quality Of A Foot Soldier and Dragoon, Gave many Signal Proofs Of an unparallell’d Courage and personal Bravery. Taken from her own Mouth when a Pensioner Of Chelsea Hospital, And known to be true by Many who were engaged in those great Scenes Of Action. London, Printed for and Sold by R.Montagu at the Book- Ware-House, in Great Wilde-Street,1740 [but 1840 reprint] .[iv] 239-418 (bound after CARLETON, Capt. George, The Memoirs Of an English Officer Who serv’d in the Dutch War [etc] as issued. 2 books in one Vol. bound in original red cloth boards, embossed, gilt title to spine. Some top edges rather carelessly cut, edges a little dusty, some thumbing. New endpapers. Christian "Kit" Cavanagh was born in 1667 in Dublin, Ireland. Throughout her life, she would use the surnames: Welsh, Welch, Ross, Jones, and Davies. She was the daughter of a local brewer. Although her parents were Protestants, they supported King James II during his campaign in Ireland. Her father served with the Jacobite Army, dying as a result of wounds at the Battle of Aughrim. Unable to care for her, some accounts have her fleeing her mother, Kit Cavanaugh went to live with her aunt who ran a public house in Dublin. Soon, she met and married Richard Welsh a servant of her aunt's. After her aunt's death, she inherited the pub. She ran the pub as her own, with Richard being one of the waiters. They had two children, and she was pregnant with a third when suddenly in 1691 Richard disappeared. Under circumstances that are unclear, her husband ended up in the British Army, possibly pressed against his will. He apparently attempted to write to her to inform her of his situation. Eventually, one of the letters made it to her, informing her that he was in the British Army serving in Holland. Cavanagh placed her children in the care of her mother, cut her hair, and disguised herself as a man to join the British Army to find her lost husband. Somehow, she managed to conceal the fact that she was a woman. She ate, drank and slept alongside the men, played cards with them, even urinated alongside them by using what she describes as a ‘silver tube with leather straps’. At the end of an extraordinary life she was admitted to the Royal Hospital Chelsea as one of its pensioners. Mrs. Davies was buried, at her request, with full military honours with other military pensioners at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.
condition: Very Good
binding: Original cloth


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