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Isabella Kelly, née Fordyce, also Isabella Hedgeland (born at Cairnburgh Castle in the Scottish Highlands and baptised on 4 May 1759 – died on 25 June 1857 in London) was a Scottish novelist and poet.
She was the daughter of William Fordyce, Royal Marines officer and later courtier, and Elizabeth (née Fraser). Both her parents had been disowned after their marriage by their wealthy Scottish families.
She married Robert Hawke Kelly (died in or before 1807, probably in Madras), a spendthrift East India Company officer. They had at least three children, including two daughters (one of whom may have died in childhood) and a lawyer son, Fitzroy Edward Kelly, who became Attorney-General. Another son William was strongly befriended as a boy by the writer Matthew Lewis, perhaps with sexual intent. Her second marriage to a merchant, Mr Hedgeland, ended with his death after a year. She died at 20 Chapel Street (presumably the one in Belgravia), London on 25 June 1857.
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