Romer, Isabella Frances (DNB00)

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ROMER, ISABELLA FRANCES (d. 1852), miscellaneous writer, was the youngest daughter of Major-general John Augustus Romer by his wife, Marianne Cuthbert. She married Major Hamerton of the 7th fusiliers in December 1818, but separated from him in 1827, and resumed her maiden name. She was a firm believer in mesmerism and animal magnetism, and in 1841 published, in three volumes, ‘Sturmer, a Tale of Mesmerism, with other Sketches from Life.’ She next turned her attention to travel, and brought out in 1843, in two volumes, ‘The Rhone, the Darro, and the Guadalquivir, a Summer Ramble in 1842.’ Another edition appeared in 1847. The ‘Quarterly Review’ (lxxvi. 119) characterised it as ‘well written.’

She died at Chester Square, London, 27 April 1852, while at work on her last book, ‘Filia Dolorosa, Memoirs of Marie Thérèse Charlotte, Duchess d'Angoulême’ [Madame Royale]. It was completed by Dr. John Doran [q. v.], and published in two volumes in 1852.

Other works by Miss Romer are: 1. ‘A Pilgrimage to the Temples and Tombs of Egypt, Nubia, and Palestine in 1845–6,’ 2 vols. 1846; 2nd ed. 1847. 2. ‘The Bird of Passage, or Flying Glimpses of many Lands,’ 3 vols. 1849; some of the tales and sketches here printed had been published previously.

[Allibone's Dict. ii. 1860; Gent. Mag. 1852, i. 636.]

E. L.