Henrietta Dundas - Viscountess Duncan

Henrietta Dundas

Born ca. 1748
Died Dec 08, 1832 in Edinburgh


Viscountess Duncan


Daughter of Robert Dundas (1713-1787), sometime Lord President of the Court of Session in Scotland, and Henrietta Carmichael (d. 1755). In 1777 she married Captain (later Admiral) Adam Duncan (1731-1804), who in the fall of 1797 was made Viscount Duncan of Camperdown and Baron Duncan of Lundie, in recognition of his impressive victory over a Dutch fleet earlier that year.1 The couple had at least four daughters and two sons.

An obituary in Gentleman's Magazine said of her that "Her many amiable qualities and her fascinating manners will long endear the memory of Lady Duncan. She continued in possession of all her faculties to her advanced age."2

Life with Boswell: 

Boswell visited Arniston House, the home of the Dundas family, in January 1767. He describes in his journal how he played "Dams with Miss Dundas"1 and that she was a "fine girl. Liked her very well; was retenu for fear of appearing lover."2

  • 1. Journal entry January 10, 1767
  • 2. Journal entry January 12, 1767