Edith Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun

Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun (10 December 1833 – 23 January 1874) was a Scottish peer. She died aged 41 after caring for Rowallan Castle. Sir George Gilbert Scott designed an Eleanor Cross style monument to her which was erected in Ashby de la Zouch.

The Right Honourable
The Countess of Loudoun
10th Countess of Loudoun
Edith Maud Abney Hastings 10th Countess by Camille Silvy who died in 1910.png
The Countess in 1861
PredecessorHenry Rawdon-Hastings, 9th Earl of Loudoun
SuccessorCharles Clifton, 11th Earl of Loudoun
BornLady Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings
(1833-12-10)10 December 1833
Died23 January 1874(1874-01-23) (aged 40)
Charles Clifton, 1st Baron Donington
(m. 1853)
  • Flora Fitzalan-Howard, Duchess of Norfolk
  • Charles Clifton, 11th Earl of Loudoun
  • The Hon. Paulyn Rawdon-Hastings
  • Gilbert Clifton-Hastings-Campbell, 3rd Baron Donington
  • Henry Clifton
  • Lady Egidia Clifton
ParentsGeorge Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings
Barbara Yelverton, 20th Baroness Grey de Ruthyn


She was born in 1833, the daughter of George Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings and his wife Barbara (née Yelverton). She was greatly attached to the old Mure family mansion of Rowallan Castle near Kilmaurs in Ayrshire. She expended considerable sums in repairing the ancient edifice and without her concern this remarkable building would no longer be with us.[1]

On 30 April 1853, she married Charles Clifton, 1st Baron Donington, who took the name Abney-Hastings, as a condition of inheriting from a second cousin Sir Charles Abney-Hastings, 2nd Bt, a natural grandson of the 10th Earl of Huntingdon (brother of Lady Edith's grandmother). They had six children:

Her bookplate

In 1866 Rawdon-Hastings drew a picture which she called "Skeleton Ball". This picture is now in the Tate.[2]

After her death her widowed husband was created Baron Donington. After she died the Loudoun monument was erected in Ashby. The octagonal monument by Sir George Gilbert Scott is based on the Eleanor crosses and is now a Grade II* listed structure.[3][4]


  1. ^ Adamson, Archibald R. (1875), Rambles Round Kilmarnock. Pub. T. Stevenson, Kilmarnock. p. 150.
  2. ^ Tate. "Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, Countess of Loudoun 1833-1874 | Tate". Tate. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Loudoun Monument (Grade II*) (1073662)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
  4. ^ Stuff, Good. "Loudoun Monument, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2018.
Peerage of Scotland
Preceded by Countess of Loudoun
Succeeded by
Peerage of England
Preceded by
last held by
Henry Rawdon-Hastings
Baron Hastings
Baron Botreaux
Baron Hungerford
Baron De Moleyns

Succeeded by
next held by Charles Rawdon-Hastings