The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Nelson, Marlborough & Westland Provincial Districts]
Lady Plunket was born at Ottawa, while her father, then Earl of Dufferin, but afterwards Marquis of Dufferin and Ava, was Governor-General of Canada. She is a god-daughter of the late Queen Victoria, in whose personal favour she held a high place. As her ladyship's father was Governor-General of Canada from April, 1872, until October, 1878; British Ambassador at St. Petersburg from February, 1879, till 1881; then in the same position at Constantinople from May, 1881, till October, 1882; then in charge of British affairs at Cairo, in Egypt, from the 30th of October, 1882, till April, 1883, and Viceroy of India, for the usual term, from November, 1884, Lady Plunket has, naturally, seen many lands and peoples in her time. Besides being educated privately, her ladyship studied at Cheltenham College, in England, for two years.