Ellengowan

June 1813: Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, aged 16, returned for another extended stay in Dundee:

In Dundee, Mary lived at Ellengowan with the Baxter family:

Beyond its beautiful garden, Ellengowan had an open view to the Tay.

Mary revelled in the spacious surroundings of  and in the companionship of the four Baxter daughters. In the 1831 introduction to Frankenstein, she recalled: “I wrote then—but in a most common-place style. It was beneath the trees of the grounds belonging to our house, or on the bleak sides of the woodless mountains near, that my true compositions, the airy flights of my imagination, were born and fostered.”

The Baxter sisters were philanthropists and gave most of their wealth to those living in difficult circumstances. In the 1860s the Baxter family donated the land behind Ellengowan to be a Park open to all:

Mary Ann Baxter [1801-1884]:

The Missionary, Robert Moffat, was a friend of the Baxter family and stayed at Ellengowan:

Mary Ann Baxter died in 1884. She was the last of the Baxter family of Ellengowan:

It seems that Ellengowan went into decline in the 20th century and at some point the mansion hoiuse was demolished:

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