The story goes that it was a cricket accident which led Miss Florence Morphy, of Victoria, Australia, to become the wife of Lord Darnley, in 1884. His lordship was Mr. Ivo Bligh when he took a team to Australia. One day, while fielding, his left hand was badly injured, and he retired to the pavilion. Then it was that he first met Miss Morphy, who offered her handkerchief to bind up the injured hand ; and thus the peerage gained one of the few peeresses it has recruited from the King's dominions beyond the sea. There are few people who know more of the inner side of Colonial life than the Countess, whose father was originally a squatter in the "Kelly country," where he ultimately held the office of police-magistrate. A good-looking, attractive woman, the Countess of late years has taken to literature, and written quite a number of stories. Her home, Cobham Hall, Gravesend, is an historic mansion. Charles I. and his queen spent their honeymoon there, and Queen Elizabeth was also entertained there. The Countess has three children, the heir to the earldom being Lord Clifton, who was born in 1886.
The Countess of Darnley Esme Callings