Mary Whateley (or Wheatley) was born in Worcestershire where she was acquainted with William Shenstone. After contributing several items to the Gentleman's Magazine as "Harriet Airy" she published a volume of poems with Robert Dodsley that went into a second edition. In 1766 she married the Rev. John Darwall, managing a large family. Upon his death in 1789 she retired to Wales, from where she published a second volume of poems by subscription in 1794. She contributed to a collection by her daughter, Elizabeth Darwell, entitled The Storm, and other Poems (1810).
Original poems on several occasions. By Miss Whateley. 1764.
Poems on several occasions. By Mrs. Darwall. 2 vols, 1794.