Lady Hester Stanhope. The niece of William Pitt the Younger (British prime minister) she liked to dress as a man, and went to live in Turkey.
Mary Lincoln. Wife of Abraham Lincoln, a woman of ferocious temper, who was once seen chasing the future president down a road waving a kitchen knife.
Lillian Russell. Famous actress and beauty of late 19th century America. She liked to ride through Central Park on a gold-plated bicycle, its spokes studded with diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. She got married several times, but liked to play poker on her wedding nights rather than going to bed.
'Calamity Jane' (Martha Jane Canary), another woman who liked to dress as a man, and who was variously employed as amueskinner, US Army scout, wagon freighter and Indian fighter (so she said anyway).
Molly Brown, fabulously wealthy and vulgar millionairess whose voice, it was said, was like a train whistle, and her gowns resemblec Christmas trees. She became a heroine after she survived the sinking of the Titanic.
Flora Sandes. Englishwoman who joined up as a nurse in WW1 and ended up serving as a soldier in Serbia. another woman who liked to dress as a man (there were a lot of them about).
Wild Women by Autumn Stephens