The Right Honourable
The Countess of Loudoun
|10th Countess of Loudoun|
|Predecessor||Henry Rawdon-Hastings, 9th Earl of Loudoun|
|Successor||Charles Clifton, 11th Earl of Loudoun|
|Born||Lady Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings|
10 December 1833
|Died||23 January 1874(aged 40)|
Charles Clifton, 1st Baron Donington
|Parents||George Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings|
Barbara Yelverton, 20th Baroness Grey de Ruthyn
Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, 10th Countess of Loudoun (10 December 1833 – 23 January 1874) was a Scottish peer. She died aged 41 after caring for Rowallan Castle. Sir George Gilbert Scott designed an Eleanor Cross style monument to her which was erected in Ashby de la Zouch.
She was born in 1833, the daughter of George Rawdon-Hastings, 2nd Marquess of Hastings and his wife Barbara (née Yelverton). She was greatly attached to the old Mure family mansion of Rowallan Castle near Kilmaurs in Ayrshire. She expended considerable sums in repairing the ancient edifice and without her concern this remarkable building would no longer be with us.
On 30 April 1853, she married Charles Clifton, 1st Baron Donington, who took the name Abney-Hastings, as a condition of inheriting from a second cousin Sir Charles Abney-Hastings, 2nd Bt, a natural grandson of the 10th Earl of Huntingdon (brother of Lady Edith's grandmother). They had six children:
- Lady Flora Paulyna Hetty Barbara Abney Hastings (1854–1887), married Henry Fitzalan-Howard, 15th Duke of Norfolk and had issue.
- Charles Edward Hastings Clifton, 11th Earl of Loudoun (1855–1920)
- Major Paulyn Francis Cuthbert Rawdon-Hastings (1856–1907), married Lady Maud Grimston, daughter of James Grimston, 2nd Earl of Verulam and had issue, including Edith Abney-Hastings, later 12th Countess of Loudoun.
- Gilbert Theophilus Clifton Clifton-Hastings-Campbell, 3rd Baron Donington (1859–1927), married Maud Kemble Hamilton, daughter of Sir Charles Hamilton, 1st Baronet. They had four daughters, one of which married Sir Edward Orde McTaggart-Stewart, 2nd Baronet.
- Henry Cecil Plantagenet Clifton (born 1860), married Majaraja Duleep Singh's companion and was subsequently ostracised when the party went in exile.
- Lady Egidia Sophia Frederica Christina Clifton (1870–1892), died young.
After her death her widowed husband was created Baron Donington. After she died the Loudoun monument was erected in Ashby. The octagonal monument by Sir George Gilbert Scott is based on the Eleanor crosses and is now a Grade II* listed structure.
- Adamson, Archibald R. (1875), Rambles Round Kilmarnock. Pub. T. Stevenson, Kilmarnock. p. 150.
- Tate. "Edith Maud Rawdon-Hastings, Countess of Loudoun 1833-1874 | Tate". Tate. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
- Historic England. "Loudoun Monument (Grade II*) (1073662)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 18 June 2020.
- Stuff, Good. "Loudoun Monument, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire". britishlistedbuildings.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2018.