Botanist. Christened as the daughter of William and Lucy Swift, but possibly a natural daughter of Erasmus Darwin's. Married John Hardcastle in Derby in 1792. Mother of Mary, who married Francis Boott in 1820. Ran a school in Derby. Wrote An introduction to the elements of the Linnean system of botany (1830).
Sources: Desmond, Ray 1994 King-Hele, Desmond 1999: 105 Proc. Linn. Soc. London 8 1865: xxiii–xxvii
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