Lady Anne Barnard

Lady Anne Barnard

One of the most popular and best-known personalities in Cape Town at this time was Lady Anne Barnard, wife of Mr. Andrew Barnard, who was secretary to the Cape Government. Lady Macartney had not accompanied her husband to South Africa, so Lady Anne acted as the official hostess at the Castle. She frequently received guests at her beautiful home at Paradise where she did all in her power to secure the goodwill of the wives of prominent burghers in order that through them, their husbands might be disposed favourably towards the Government.

A capable amateur artist gifted also with a facile pen, she described at length in her since widely published letters the people she met in Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Paarl as well as those whose acquaintance she made while on a visit to the mineral springs, later known as the Caledon Baths. Her sketches of Cape Town, as she saw it from the ramparts of the Castle, have been presented to the South African Public Library by the Earl of Balcarres and Crawford.

On the 20th of November 1798, Lord Macartney, who had resigned his office owing to ill health, embarked for England.

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