Name: Louisa Heath
Birth: 22 JAN 1753 1
Death: 5 NOV 1837 in Cockwood, Devon 2
Burial: 11 NOV 1837 St. Leonard?s, Exeter, Devon 2
Occupation: ?The soul of the old establishment of Harrow? 3
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Sister of her husband?s colleague, Benjamin Heath, headmaster of Harrow.
Information at Harrow says she was blind in one eye and wore a patch....and wrote forgettable poetry.
Mrs. Drury was an exceedingly clever woman. She had been the soul of the old establishment at Harrow, but her health had suffered from a lingering ailment which deprived her of the sight of one eye (over which she wore a forbidding green shade), and her lively temper was in her old age a little soured.
"A story is told of Theodore Hook being urged the first evening of his arrival at Harrow, by the big bully Lord Byron, to throw a stone at Mrs. Drury?s window. He did so and broke the glass. Next morning when Mrs. Drury appeared with her green shade ? There! said Byron, you?ll catch it; you have knocked out her eye."
The parish burial register mistakenly gives her name as Mary and her burial date as 1838.
Was married the same day as her sister Rose married Rev Thomas Bromley, also a master at Harrow.
It is not certain which child is Louisa in the portrait of her mother and children. As the picture shows 7 of her 13 children, Louisa may not be in the picture at all.
Father: Benjamin Heath b: 20 APR 1704 in Exeter, Devon
Mother: Rose Marie Michelet b: 5 JUL 1718 in Switzerland
Joseph Drury b: 11 FEB 1750 in London
5 AUG 1777
in Harrow, Middlesex 2
- Henry Joseph Thomas Drury b: 27 APR 1778 in Harrow, Middlesex
- Benjamin Heath Drury b: 18 SEP 1782
- Louisa Heath Drury b: 12 MAY 1787 in Harrow, Middlesex
- Charles Drury b: 20 APR 1788
- Text: Susan Shaffer
- Type: Book
Author: Sir S R W Drake
- Text: A History of Harrow School 1324-1991
(Chapter 9: A Glittering Scene: Joseph Drury and Byron?s Harrow 1785-1805.)
Page: According to one of her grandsons
- Type: Book
Periodical: Autobiography of Dean Merivale
- Text: The Annual Biography and Obituary for the Year 1835