Grace Jane Wallace

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Grace Jane Wallace, Lady Wallace, née Stein (1804-1878) was a Scottish author.[1]


She was the eldest daughter of John Stein of Edinburgh. She became, on 19 August 1824, the second wife of Sir Alexander Don, 6th Baronet of Newton Don, and the intimate friend of Sir Walter Scott. She had two children: Sir William Henry Don, 7th Baronet, the actor; and Alexina Harriet, who married Sir Frederick Acclom Milbank, bart., of Hart and Hartlepool.[2]

In his Familiar Letters (ii.348) Sir Walter Scott writes to his son in 1825: "Mama and Anne are quite well; they are with me on a visit to Sir Alex. Don and his new lady, who is a very pleasant woman, and plays on the harp delightfully".

Sir Alexander died in 1826; and in 1836 his widow married Sir James Maxwell Wallace (1785–1867). Lady Wallace died on 12 March 1878 without children from her second marriage.[2]


Lady Wallace long and actively pursued a career as a translator of German and Spanish works, among others:[2]

  • The Princess Ilse (by Marie Petersen), 1855
  • Clara; or Slave-life in Europe (by Friedrich Wilhelm Hackländer), 1856
  • Voices from the Greenwood, 1856
  • The Old Monastery (by Friedrich Wilhelm Hackländer), 1857
  • Frederick the Great and his Merchant (by Luise Mühlbach), 1859
  • Schiller's Life and Works (by Emil Palleske), 1859
  • The Castle and the Cottage in Spain (from the Spanish of Fernán Caballero), 1861
  • Joseph in the Snow (by Berthold Auerbach), 1861
  • Mendelssohn's Letters from Italy and Switzerland, 1862
  • Will-o'-the-Wisp (by Marie Petersen), 1862
  • Letters of Mendelssohn from 1833 to 1847, 1863
  • Letters of Mozart, 1865
  • Beethoven's Letters, 1790–1826, 1866
  • Letters of Distinguished Musicians, 1867
  • Reminiscences of Mendelssohn (by Elise Polko), 1868
  • Alexandra Feodorowna (by August Theodor von Grimm), 1870
  • A German Peasant Romance: Elsa and the Vulture (by Wilhelmine von Hillern), 1876
  • Life of Mozart (by Ludwig Nohl), 1877.


  1. ^ Antonella Braida, Wallace , Grace Jane, Lady Wallace (1804–1878), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 , accessed 18 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Stronach 1899, p. 98.


  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainStronach, George (1899). "Wallace, Grace" . In Lee, Sidney. Dictionary of National Biography. 59. London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 98.. Endnotes
    • Grove's Dict. of Music, vol. iv.; Allibone's Dict. of Engl. Lit.; Brit. Mus. Cat.; "Record of the 5th Dragoon Guards"; The Times, 7 Feb. 1867; Rogers's Book of Wallace (Grampian Club), i. 110–12; Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 1860.

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