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I was researching the author, W. Sholto Douglas (Cromwell's Scotch Campaigns 1650-51, et al) when I stumbled across the remarkable story of Walter Sholto Douglas.
My first discovery was that there was a marriage between Walter Sholto Douglas and Isabella Robinson, who married secondly Rev. William Falconer. Was this my historical author?
Well, maybe not, although she (wait for it) was a writer.
Mary Diana Dods (1790–1830) was a Scottish writer of books, short stories and other works. She was also known under her pseudonyms as David Lyndsay and Walter Sholto Douglas. Most of her works were mainly under the pseudonym David Lyndsay.
She lived under the male identity of the diplomat and scholar Walter Sholto Douglas, ostensibly the spouse of Isabella Robinson Douglas, and was a friend of Mary Shelley. Correspondence between Dods and Jane Williams in the mid-1820s suggests that they too had a close relationship. In 1827 Shelley helped the two obtain false passports, enabling them to travel to Paris under the identities of Mr and Mrs Douglas. Mr Douglas ended up in a debtor's prison and is thought to have died of his ailments between November 1829 and November 1830.
It is claimed that Mary Diana Dods and Georgiana Dods Carter were illegitimate daughters of Sholto Douglas, 15th Earl of Morton. However, the Earl died (1774) before Mary was born (1790).
Coincidentally, I am preparing an article of people who used Douglas as pseudonym. I have not yet reached Mary Dods.
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