Harriet Acland
Lady Harriet Acland was a British noblewoman, nurse and diarist.

She was born Lady Christian Henrietta Caroline Fox-Strangways, the daughter of Stephen Fox-Strangways, 1st Earl of Ilchester
Stephen Fox-Strangways, 1st Earl of Ilchester
Stephen Fox-Strangways, 1st Earl of Ilchester PC was a British peer and Member of Parliament.Ilchester was the son of Sir Stephen Fox and his second wife Christiana Hope. Henry Fox, 1st Baron Holland, was his younger brother and Charles James Fox his nephew...

, and married Major John Dyke Acland
John Dyke Acland
Major John Dyke Acland , son of Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, 7th Baronet, was a British officer who fought in the American War of Independence and, later, a politician....

. She travelled with her husband to Canada
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 and America
United States
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 when he commanded the 20th Regiment of Foot.

She and her husband had a daughter, Elizabeth (13 December 1772 – 5 March 1813), who married Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon
Henry Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon
Colonel Henry George Herbert, 2nd Earl of Carnarvon, DL , styled The Honourable from 1780 to 1793 and subsequently Lord Porchester to 1811, was a British peer and Whig politician.-Background:...

. They also had a son, Sir John Dyke Acland, 8th Baronet (born 1778 – died 1785, at about eight years of age).

At the Battle of Stillwater during the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
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, Lady Harriet heard that her husband was wounded. She traveled through rebel lines to find him. Her husband, who had been shot through both legs, improved under her careful nursing. The next year they returned to England, where Major Acland died at Pixton Park
Pixton Park
Pixton Park is a country house in the parish of Dulverton, Somerset, England. It is associated with at least three historically significant families or dynasties: the Acland Baronets, the politicians and diplomats the Herberts, and the Waughs, a series of writers...

 on 31 October 1778. She died around the age of 66 at Tetton, near Taunton
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  • Acland, Lady Harriet. The Acland Journal: Lady Harriet Acland and the American Revolution. Winchester, England: Hampshire County Council, 1993.
  • Young Folks Cyclopedia, 1882
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