The third daughter of a Church of England clergyman who ran a school in Durham, she contributed to several volumes of Walter Besant's survey of London and edited many of the guide books published by A. & C. Black. She married, as his third wife, a retired colonial civil servant in Burma, who had formerly been a journalist, of whom she published a memoir, Scott of the Shan Hills (1936). She wrote travel books, including A Bachelor Girl in Burma (1907), children's textbooks, biographies including Jane Austen and Her Times (1905) and Captain Cook (1927), and fiction such as A Bachelor Girl in London (1898), The Gifts of Enemies (1900), and The Opportunist (1902), a novel of love and betrayal in London political circles. She also wrote three volumes of fiction (1922–4) with her husband.