Educated at home, she became "one of the most accomplished women of her time": in addition to her writing, she sculpted, rode, was proficient in both French and Italian, and maintained an extensive correspondence with a circle of other literary women, including Joanna Baillie, Mary Russell Mitford, and Catherine Maria Fanshawe.
Her final years were marred by the death of her daughter Arabella Sullivan in 1839, and by the loss of her hearing.
A Family Chronicle derived from Notes and Letters selected by Barbarina, the Hon. Lady Grey, edited by Gertrude Lyster. John Murray, Albemarle Street, London W.  This correspondence claims that Barbarina Ogle was the daughter of Sawrey Gilpin, not Admiral Sir Chaloner Ogle.