Richmal Mangnall was born on the 7th March 1769 to James Mangnall (LM022) and his wife Richmal (nee Kay) (LM023). We think she was probably born in Manchester. She was a pupil at a school at Crofton Hall near Wakefield in West Yorkshire and later became a school mistress. Richmal was the author “Historical and Miscellaneous Questions for the Use of Young People” generally known as “Mangnall’s Questions”. This became a prominent textbook in the education of English girls in the first half of the 19th century. Basically it contained information that it was thought “proper” that young ladies should know the answers to. It has been described as a “Comprehensive summary of universal history : with a biography of distinguished persons from the earliest period to the present time : to which is appended an epitome of heathen mythology, natural philosophy, general astronomy and physiolgy”. The book was adapted for use in American schools as well.
There is a picture of a watercolour painting of Richmal from 1814 by John Downman on the Internet but unfortunately copyright does not allow me to put it on my web site.