Biography and History

Anna Eliza Bray was an English novelist. In 1818 she married artist Charles Alfred Stothard, who died in 1821. Two years later she married Rev. Edward Atkyns Bray, the vicar of Tavistock. She then started writing, and from 1826 to 1874 she published several works of fiction. However, her most popular novels were those based on the history of the principal families of the counties of Devon and Cornwall where she lived, such as The Borders of the Tamar and Tavy (1836), which were written in the form of letters to her good friend, the poet Robert Southey. Among her other works are Branded, Fritz and Fritz-Ford: a Historical Romance, Good St. Louis and His Times, Trelawney, and The White Hoods: a Historical Romance.

Source: From the finding aid for C1132