As some of you will know I have a particular interest in promoting women in Historical Trekking. Woodsmen are dressed for woods travel, but the average 18th century woman is not, despite claims to the contrary by women who trek in all woman attire, I still think the men's clothing and the Indian women's clothing is better suited.
I don't know if the term woodswomen or woods women was ever used in the 18th century, but I use this term, or woodsrunner, to denote a woman who is at home in the woods, as much at home as a woodsman. I think Mrs Pentry and Mad Ann Bailey were such women, and I have no doubt that there were others that we simply have not heard about yet.
Up until now I have been really stuck for finding images of these women, but now finally I can introduce you to a lovely young lady who actually interprets the life style of Ann Bailey. In real life this lady is known as Suzanne, and I would like to introduce Suzanne to you in the following images. I hope that these images will encourage other women to take on the persona of a woodswoman.
Suzanne, thank you so much for allowing me to use your photos, very much appreciated.
Regards, your Friend, Le Loup.