Montagu, Elizabeth (1720-1800)

Literary hostess and author.

Brought up under influence of Cambridge literary circles. Settled in London (c. 1750). Held literary breakfast parties and evening “conversation parties,” at which she entertained such distinguished guests as Horace Walpole, Dr. Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David Garrick, and Sir Joshua Reynolds. Published An Essay on the Writings and Genius of Shakespear … (London, 1769). Corresponded with Lord Kames, who evidently introduced her to Franklin.

Daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth (Drake) Robinson of Yorkshire. Married Edward Montagu (1742); no surviving children.