Writer of many charming songs; born in Dublin of English parents. She remained in Ireland until she was twelve years old, then went to school in England, where she studied piano with John Francis Barnett, and harmony and counterpoint under E. Silas. In Paris she studied singing under Madame Dejean and met Andre Messager, whom she married. She had studied with the idea of being a pianist, but delicate health and an injury to her left arm prevented this. When only fourteen she began to compose and has written a large number of songs, all sentimental in character, and an operetta, The Wooden Spoon. Among her songs perhaps the best known is 'Tis All That I Can Say. Other songs are She Walks in Beauty; Fond Heart, Farewell; Esperance; My Lady's Bower; The Old Garden; In Sweet September; The Old Manor Hall; A Mother's Love, and many others equally as popular.