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A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

A Database of Victorian Fiction, 1837–1901

Author: Louisa Mary Gray

Author: Louisa Mary Gray (1850–1888)

Alternate Name(s): Kate Thorne (pseudonym)

Biography: Louisa Mary Gray was born in 1850 in Inverurie, the daughter of Free Church minister Thomas Gray and his wife Margaret Ann (née Tower). She was the sister of minister William A. Gray. By 1871, she worked as a governess in Edinburgh and soon after began writing fiction beginning with the school story Ada and Gerty (1875). She never married. Poor health cut her life short on 20 December 1888 in Edinburgh and Gray's last novel was posthumous.

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References: Aberdeen Free Press (24 December 1888); British Census (1851, 1861, 1871)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Ada and Gerty: A Story of School Life.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Maclaren & Macniven, 1875.
  2. Nelly's Teachers and What They Learned.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1876.
  3. The Children of Abbotsmuir Manse.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1883.
  4. Mine Own People.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1885.
  5. Dunalton: The Story of Jack and his Guardians.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1886.
  6. Little Miss Wardlaw.  1 vol.  Edinburgh: Nelson and Sons, 1889.
  7. Cousin Ned.  1 vol.  Glasgow: David Bryce & Son, 1890.