Just The Facts:
Father: Admiral Lord Edward Grant Mother: Lady Katherine Grant Home: Greenwich, London
Age: 22 (Birthday: April 9th)
[Beware: Mild Spoilers. If you want to know NOTHING about Charlotte, skip ahead. However, also know that there is still more to Charlotte to be discovered than just this write up. ;) ]
[Trigger warning: The loss of a child mentioned]
Charlotte was born the daughter of Admiral Lord Edward Grant & Lady Katherine Grant.
Edward met Katherine as a young man, rising through the ranks of His Majesty's Royal Navy, during a voyage to Ireland. It was on this venture that he received his advancement to lieutenant and was instructed to have his new uniform tailored prior to sailing out again. Katherine was a renowned seamstress in the town and came highly recommended by one of his ranking officers. It was there they first met and the moment Edward set eyes upon the young woman, he felt his heart give way.
Their courtship was a difficult one at first as Edward was dedicated to his life within the Navy. However, they sent regular correspondence back and forth and Edward never missed an opportunity to venture to the island to see her.
Finally, after receiving the rank of Captain, Edward proposed to Katherine and arranged to have her brought to London.
It was a difficult adjustment for Katherine, having been born to the Irish middle-class, to suddenly be thrust into the spotlight as the wife of one of the Navy's most successful Captains. She quickly worked to find her place in society & acquaint herself with the expected customs & niceties.
When Charlotte was born, she had her mother's red hair and her father's grey-eyed gaze. She was deeply loved by the two of them and they doted upon her endlessly. It became Katherine's goal to ensure that her daughter was given all of the opportunities that she could receive as the child of a now-Admiral. She wanted to ensure that Charlotte was brought up in proper society and never felt the struggle of feeling estranged from it, as Katherine had.
Edward and Katherine held hopes of further children. However, after an incredibly difficult carriage led to the birth of a stillborn son and almost the death of Katherine, it was told to them by the doctor that they would be unable to have further children without risking the life of both child and mother. Edward and Katherine were heartbroken at this news - but both only further turned their affections and attention towards their only child.
Thus was Charlotte brought into London society as the Admiral's Daughter. She was lovely - but there was something about her that always seemed bordering on the "wild". Her heart was a passionate one and as she grew, it became increasingly more difficult for Katherine to pin her down for her daily needlepoint or music lessons. Instead, young Charlotte would be found curled in her father's library, pouring over his charts, or watching as the ships moved in and out to sea.
Much to Katherine's chagrin, her daughter had her father's desperate call to the sea. Despite himself, Edward could not help but feel his chest swell with pride as his child questioned him in-depth on his naval exploits, the ships he'd commanded, the places he'd seen. She'd walk alongside him down the docks, pointing out the individual ships and calling them out by name.
Charlotte would look out to sea and sigh to think of the unexplored places and ventures unknown to them. She would tell her father that someday she would own a lovely little schooner all of her own and she would become a grand explorer in the King's name.
However, as Charlotte now moves into the mature age of adulthood, Katherine has begun to encourage her to leave behind such childish dreams and flights of fancy. She has become more invested in Charlotte's place in society, ensuring that she is fully prepared to take her place amongst the other eligible young women so that she may yet have the hope of a proper husband.