COLERIDGE, Lady Mary [née BUCHANAN]. 1/4 Plate ambrotype in a plain (scuffed) full leather case (96 x 122mm, with inner and outer hinge repair). The plate is in good condition, though rather dark, and with some browning around her collar. A handwritten identification label has been inserted under the plate.
Mary Buchanan (1788–1874) was second daughter of the Revd Gilbert Buchanan, rector of Woodmansterne, Surrey. On 7 August 1818 she married (Sir) John Taylor Coleridge (nephew of the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge), who pursued a successful career as a judge, and was a prolific writer. Mary Coleridge bore six children, Mary Dorothy Frances Coleridge (1819–1820); John Duke (1820–1894), the future lord chief justice; Henry James Coleridge (1822–1893), an Anglican priest who entered the Roman Catholic church in 1852; Mary Frances Keble Coleridge (1824–1898), who rejected a proposal of marriage in 1845 from Roundell Palmer, the future Lord Chancellor Selborne, to her father's deep regret; Alethea Buchanan Coleridge (1826–1909), who married J. F. Mackarness, the future bishop of Oxford; and Frederick William Coleridge (1828–1843). (ODNB)