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  • ID: I597
  • Name: Louisa Heath
  • Sex: F
  • 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
  • Note: 1 4 2 5

    Youngest dau.
    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.
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  • Change Date: 3 MAR 2013

    Father: Benjamin Heath b: 20 APR 1704 in Exeter, Devon
    Mother: Rose Marie Michelet b: 5 JUL 1718 in Switzerland

    Marriage 1 Joseph Drury b: 11 FEB 1750 in London
    • Married: 5 AUG 1777 in Harrow, Middlesex 2
    1. Has Children Henry Joseph Thomas Drury b: 27 APR 1778 in Harrow, Middlesex
    2. Has Children Benjamin Heath Drury b: 18 SEP 1782
    3. Has Children Louisa Heath Drury b: 12 MAY 1787 in Harrow, Middlesex
    4. Has No Children Charles Drury b: 20 APR 1788

    1. Text: Susan Shaffer
    2. Type: Book
      Periodical: Heathiania
      Author: Sir S R W Drake
      Date: 1882
    3. Text: A History of Harrow School 1324-1991
      Christopher Tyerman
      (Chapter 9: A Glittering Scene: Joseph Drury and Byron?s Harrow 1785-1805.)
      Page: According to one of her grandsons
    4. Type: Book
      Periodical: Autobiography of Dean Merivale
    5. Text: The Annual Biography and Obituary for the Year 1835
      v.19 (1835)
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