Lady Louisa Stuart

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LLS , writing in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, published almost nothing deliberately. It was mostly after her death that her writings filtered into print. Her poems show an acute and original mind. Her letters and memoirs show, besides their fluency and charm, the powers of a literary critic and cultural historian.
Photograph of a sketch of Lady Louisa Stuart in old age by Sir George Hayter. She sits solitary, wearing a simple dark dress and lacy cap, in a small, dimly lit room with curtains draped in the window, in a large chair at a table strewn with books and other objects. She is hunched over one book, holding it very close to her eyes in the effort of reading. An inscription below, in capitals, names sitter, artist, and owner.
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Milestones

12 August 1757
LLS was born; she was the youngest of eleven surviving siblings and was nearly twenty years younger than her eldest sister.
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Halsband, RobertEditor , Clarendon Press, 1967.
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After early 1848
LLS composed a poem on the California gold rush: since this began in January this year, she was in her nineties at the time.
Stuart, Lady Louisa, and Caroline Stuart Dawson, Countess of Portarlington. Gleanings from an Old Portfolio. Clark, Alice G.Editor , Privately printed for D. Douglas, 1898.
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4 August 1851
LLS died at nearly ninety-five.
Stuart, Lady Louisa. “Introduction”. Lady Louisa Stuart: Selections from her Manuscripts, edited by Hon. James Archibald Home, Harper and Brothers, 1899, p. vii - xi.
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Wortley, Violet Stuart, John Stuart, third Earl of Bute, and Sir Charles Stuart. A Prime Minister and his Son. John Murray, 1925.
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Biography

Birth and Family

12 August 1757
LLS was born; she was the youngest of eleven surviving siblings and was nearly twenty years younger than her eldest sister.
Montagu, Lady Mary Wortley. The Complete Letters of Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. Halsband, RobertEditor , Clarendon Press, 1967.
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