Died: June 7, 1884
Lady Amelia Matilda Murray was a British botanist and botanical artist who became a maid of honour to Queen Victoria in 1837. Murray traveled through the Adirondacks in 1854 or 1855, escorted by New York State governor Horatio Seymour, guided by Mart Moody and James McClelland and accompanied by another lady and gentleman, unnamed. They stayed at Baker's Hotel which she described as the "last house of reception on the Saranac River." She was hailed as the first woman to "cross the woods," presumably along with the lady who was her companion.
In July 1854 Amelia Murray traveled to the United States, Cuba and Canada, returning home in 1855. This trip reinforced her previous antipathy to slavery. She refused to suppress her opinions after she was told that court officials were not allowed to publish anything redolent of politics. She subsequently resigned her post, but was later appointed to a similar one.
Marilyn Bailey Ogilvie, Joy Dorothy Harvey, The Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science: Pioneering Lives from Ancient Times to the Mid-20th Century, New York:Routledge, p. 925
External link: Letters from the United States, Cuba and Canada, By Amelia Matilda Murray - Full text of Lady Murray's account of her arrival at Saranac Lake, pp. 371-373