Louisa Baldwin

(1845-1925)

Scottish author of short stories. Baldwin's fiction frequently appeared in magazines, and her ghost stories were collectively published in her book The Shadow on the Blind and other Ghost Stories (1895). 

Baldwin was one of eleven children. She and her siblings grew up to become a very well-connected family: two of her sisters married artists (Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter), one became the mother of Rudyard Kipling, and Louisa's own son would grow up to be Prime Minister of Britain on three occasions. 

She spent most of her life in ill health, the cause of which was never diagnosed, and so spent a great deal of time resting in dark rooms and using a bath chair to move around. However, due to her illnesses (or perhaps disability*), she was not expected to fulfil the usual domestic duties of a middle-class wife and was excused from such work. As a result of this, she was able to devote considerable time to writing fiction. 

* I do not know enough about her diagnosis and symptoms to determine whether she had a medical condition, disease, or if she was disabled. 

  • The Shadow on the Blind and other Ghost Stories (1895, with illustrations)

    • 'The Shadow on the Blind'

    • 'The Weird of the Walfords' 

    • 'The Uncanny Bairn: A Story of the Second Sight'

    • 'Many Waters Cannot Quench Love'​

    • 'How he Left the Hotel'

    • 'The Real and the Counterfeit'

    • 'My Next-door Neighbour' 

    • 'The Empty Picture Frame'

    • 'Sir Nigel Otterburne's Case'