Author Information At the Circulating Library

Author: Louisa June Campbell Downes (–1867)

Alternate Name(s): Vere Haldane (pseudonym); Dowse (maiden name)

Biography: Louisa Jane Campbell Downes was the only daughter of Lieut. Col. Lloyd Dowse, R.A. Her early life cannot be traced. In 1859, she married civil engineer Charles Campbell Downes (1837–1887). The couple moved to India where her husband worked on several railway and mining projects. She wrote two novels: Our Charlie (1865) under the pseudonym "Vere Haldane" and Thrice His (1866). She died in 1867 in Bombay (present-day Mumbai).

References: The Gentleman's Magazine (August 1867)


  1. Our Charlie.  1 vol.  London: Bentley, 1865.
  2. Thrice His: "His to guard, to serve, to save!" A Tale.  2 vol.  London: Bentley, 1866.