an accomplished poetess, eldest daughter of Francis, marquis of
Hastings, governor general of India, and Flora, countess of Loudon,
was born at Edinburgh, Feb. 11, `806. She was Lady of the bedchamber
to the duchess of Kent; and having in her latter years been subject
to an enlargement of the liver, this unfortunate malady gave rise to
a cruel and most unmerited slander, which caused her death, of a
broken heart, at Buckingham palace, July 5, 1839, aged 33. Her body
was conveyed to Scotland, and interred, July 15, in the family vault
at Loudon, Ayrshire.
of a domestic character ever roused so vehemently the feelings of
the people of Great Britain as the fate of this lady. Her mother,
the marchioness dowager of Hastings, overcome by grief, died January
9, 1840. After Lady Flora’s death, a volume of her poems, edited by
her sister, was published by blackwood of Edinburgh. Distinguished
by much sweetness, simplicity, and grace, they are the reflected
picture of a mind at once pious, pure, amiable, and accomplished.