Maria Abdy, whose work spans the Romantic and Victorian periods, was a poet who wrote wittily on religious and secular topics, and was an early champion of the governess. With Felicia Hemans, she was the one of the two most prolific British contributors to annuals in the USA.
25 February 1797 Maria Smith (later MA) was born in London; she was an only child.
1834 MA, as 'Mrs. Abdy', printed for private circulation the first volume in her eight-volume series Poetry.