Mary Bristow

Dates: 
Died 1805.

Mary Bristow was born in Norfolk. She first met Elyza Fraser in Bristol on 18th June 1781. The two women subsequently celebrated the anniversary of their first meeting. Both women travelled in Europe, both separately and together.

Mary was interested in gardening and kept a notebook of visits to great gardens. She also played the keyboard, and dueted with Elyza Fraser, who played the violin.

She spent many years as the companion of Elyza Fraser at Castle Fraser, where she designed and laid out the area of parkland now known as Miss Bristow's Wood. Examples of her embroidery are preserved in the Worked Room of Castle Fraser.

Mary Bristow died in 1805.

Images: 
Description opf Mary Bristow; part of exhibition at Castle Fraser
Sources
Information Boards at Castle Fraser