Margaret Isabella Stevenson (née Balfour)(1829-1897), Wife of Thomas Stevenson; daughter of Lewis Balfour; mother of Robert Louis Stevenson
Sitter in 2 portraits
Margaret Isabella Balfour, the daughter of Lewis Balfour, Minister of Colinton, married Thomas Stevenson in 1848. Together, they had one child, the writer Robert Louis Stevenson. Margaret devoted herself to caring for her tubercular son. She travelled with him to the Continent and to America. When he went to live at Apia in Samoa for his health, she swiftly set out for the Pacific in 1891. By that time he was married to Fanny, an American divorcee. Stevenson went to meet his mother in Sydney but fell ill, requiring her immediate nursing. When they arrived in Apia the house was still incomplete. Margaret returned to Sydney, coming back when it was habitable. Life revolved around Stevenson's writing. After his sudden death in 1894, Margaret returned to Scotland to mourn.
by William Silvester Laroche
albumen carte-de-visite, September 1874
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