Charlotte Anne Eaton

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Charlotte Anne Eaton
Charlotte Anne Waldie

28 September 1788
Died28 April 1859
  • banker
  • writer

Charlotte Anne Eaton (1788–1859), née Waldie, was an English banker, travel writer, memoirist and novelist.


Born on 28 September 1788, she was second daughter of George Waldie of Hendersyde Park, Roxburghshire, by his wife Ann, eldest daughter of Jonathan Ormston of Newcastle-upon-Tyne; her youngest sister, Jane Watts (1793–1826), was known as a writer and artist.[1]

On 22 August 1822, she married Stephen Eaton (1780–1834) of Ketton Hall, Rutland. Her husband was a partner in the Eaton, Cayley & Co. Bank in Stamford (later The Stamford, Spalding and Boston Banking Co.). She carried on the business as senior partner after the death of her husband until her own death.[2] The Stamford, Spalding and Boston bank was amalgamated into Barclays in 1911.

Eaton died at 17, Hanover Square, Westminster, on 28 April 1859.[1]


In June 1815 Waldie was on a family visit to Brussels, coinciding with the Waterloo Campaign. She wrote an account of her experiences, published in 1817 under the title of Narrative of a Residence in Belgium, during the Campaign of 1815, and of a Visit to the Field of Waterloo. By an Englishwoman (London). A second edition was published in 1853 as The Days of Battle, or Quatre Bras and Waterloo; by an Englishwoman resident in Brussels in June 1815. The edition of 1888 was entitled Waterloo Days. In 1820 she published anonymously, in three volumes, Rome in the Nineteenth Century (Edinburgh); second and third editions appeared respectively in 1822 and 1823. A fifth edition, in two volumes, was published in 1852, and a sixth in 1860. The book was heavily quoted by Augustus John Cuthbert Hare.[1]

As Mrs Eaton, she wrote:[1]

  • Continental Adventures, a story, London, 1826, 3 vols.
  • At Home and Abroad, a novel, London, 1831, 3 vols.


In 1822, Charlotte Waldie married Stephen Eaton, a banker of Ketton Hall, Rutland; he died on 25 September 1834.[1] They had two sons and two daughters. Charles Ormston Eaton (1827–1907) was a son.


  1. ^ a b c d e  Lee, Sidney, ed. (1899). "Waldie, Charlotte Ann" . Dictionary of National Biography. 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ Dawes, Margaret; Selwyn, Nesta (2010). Women Who Made Money: Women Partners in British Private Banks 1752-1906. Trafford. p. 89. ISBN 1426937253.