Wise Welsh Witch: Whimsy, Wit, and Wisdom for a Weary World

Edward Robert Hughes, Summer Fantasy, 1911

Wise Women, such as Midwives, Astronomers, Mathematicians, Healers, Philosophers, Herbalists, and Storytellers were once persecuted, as Witches. “

Hi. I’m Robin Whitham McCrady, BA, English Language & Literature, MA, American & New England Studies, Bostonian, Smithie, Museums Professional, Writer, Bluestocking, Herb Gardener, & Occasional Stargazer. If you would like daily scroll encounters with Wise Welsh Witch, you can find the Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Page links by clicking on their widgets, or icons, found at the top of the menu bar, or installed in part, along the sidebar of the Wise Welsh Witch magazine. Each day, I look through hundreds of the latest in words and images, for the best in brief encounters with Arts, Humanities, and Sciences on the Internet, and share it all in one place, for everyone to enjoy. Aesthetically pleasing, and always engaging, you can expect a scroll through the Whimsy, Wit, and Wisdom for a Weary World, that is what Wise Welsh Witch is all about. You can also sign up for emails that notify you about the most recent Wise Welsh Witch posts. Alliteration for amusement, and affect, abounds, but only as the occasional afterthought…

Currently, I’m Researching, Writing, Educating, and Publishing on all things American Studies, Grief, Mothers, Tea Parties, Julia Margaret Cameron, American Literature, Joy, Herb Gardens, Annie Adams Fields, Nineteenth Century New England Regional Literati, Melancholy, Long Walks, Sarah Orne Jewett, American Art, Patience, Daughters, Fine China & Linens, Celia Thaxter, British Literature, Hope, Shelves of Old Books, Mabel Lowell, Women’s Studies, Faith, Cemeteries, Marianne North, British Art, Love, Home Baked Dainties, Elizabeth Cabot Agassiz, Religious Studies, Despair, Faerie Folk, and Harriet Beecher Stowe, and more, as each day presents new and interesting opportunities to juxtapose the past with the present, the future with the present, or at times, even both.


For Wise Welsh Witch installments, which are excerpts of my scholarly work, Framed in Constructed New England Regional Literary Identity: The Julia Margaret Cameron Photographic Portraits of Famous Men & Fair Women, I would like to thank the Museums and Library Professionals at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum, Historic New England, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston Athenæum, Maine Historical Society, Orchard House Museum, The Cunningham Center for Prints, Drawings & Photographs at Smith College Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institute Archives in American Art, Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, and Harvard Library, each, for their valuable and dedicated assistance, their kind and generous patience, and their faithful commitment to their profession.

To my extraordinary children — who lived with the lives of Julia Margaret Cameron, Annie Adams Fields, and Sarah Orne Jewett for more hours than anyone would, could, or should, while assuring me they understood the big, “So what?” — my thanks to you for giving me what have always been, the very best years of my life as both mother and home educator. I cherish the joyful memories of our precious time together as the three warriors who slew dragons, fell in love with princes and princesses, claimed all the treasure that was ours for the taking, and created victorious new dreams from defeated old nightmares. Though one of us did not survive all that we endured, owing to a mad king at the bottom of the hill, ours was and is, a bond that endures forever, through eternity.

Finally, this work is lovingly and passionately dedicated to my beloved husband, Stratton McCrady, who first, last, and always – through all things – believed.

Wise Welsh Witch, by Robin Whitham McCrady, Copyright, 2020.

All references, citations, sources, and bibliographies are available upon request.

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