The Hon. Elizabeth Orby was born about 1677, probably at Crowland Abbey in Lincolnshire where her father Sir Thomas Orby, 2nd bart. was Lord of the Manor of Crowland.
Elizabeth was about 19 when she married , Lord John Hay, a Brig.-general under the 1st Duke of Marlborough. He commanded the famous regiment of dragoons, afterwards called the Scots Greys, at the Battle of Ramillies, Belgium, 23rd May 1706.
Lord John Hay , 2nd son of John Hay, the 2th Marquis of Tweedsdale. died 25th Aug 1706 dsp. Elizabeth Orby was his second wife.
Robert Hunter also distinguished himself in Marlborough’s army on his return home, he was appointed Lt. Governor of Virginia in 1707, but his ship was captured en route by the French, and released in 1709,
Lady Elizabeth Hay, the widow of Lord John Hay, 3rd Marquis of Tweedsdale, and Lieut- col , Robert Hunter, Royal Scots Dragoon Guards were married sometime after the death of Lord Hay in 1706. and his return to Britain in 1709.
In April 1710, Robert sailed on, the ‘Lowestoffe’ and arrived at New York, 14th June 1710, he was appointed Governor of New York and New Jersey the same day, He served as Governor from 1710 to 1719.
Robert and Elizabeth Orby Hunter had four children between 1707 and 1714, No birth/baptism records can be found. The birth order of the children is not known:
Thomas Orby Hunter, he married Jacomina Caroline Bellenden in 1769.
Henriette Orby Hunter, she married William Sloper.
Katherine Orby Hunter,
Charlotte Orby Hunter , who may have died as a child.
Lady Elizabeth Orby Hunter, widow of Sir Robert Hunter, died in London. The date of death is not recorded.