Anne de Bourgh is a character in Pride and Prejudice. She is the only child and heir of the late Sir Lewis de Bourgh and the Lady Catherine. The current Earl Fitzwilliam is her maternal uncle, and his three sons, including Colonel Fitzwilliam, are a few of her cousins. Lady Anne Darcy is her maternal aunt, and thus she is also a first cousin of the Darcy siblings, Fitzwilliam and Georgiana. Her relations on her father's side are unknown, but she is the heir to Rosings Park because there was no entail. Her date of birth is unknown, but since she was born around the same time as Mr. Darcy, they are about the same age. She resides at Rosings Park in Kent with her mother.
Her mother and aunt planned a betrothal between Darcy and Anne when they were in their infancy. It was both of their mothers' favourite wish.
She was quite sickly growing up, thus Lady Catherine did not enforce many studies that young ladies excel at upon her, including the pianoforte.
Because of her illness, it is unknown if she was ever presented at Court or had her come-out in the London Season. It is quite possible that she did not, since her mother was also under the impression that her daughter and nephew would honor the wishes of their mothers and marry, thus negating the use of a London Season for a woman.
Anne did not end up marrying Mr. Darcy, and it is unknown if she ever did wed.
Maria Lucas wonders at how "thin and small" she is. Elizabeth sees her as being pale, thin, small, sickly and cross with insignificant (though not plain) features. Mr. Collins describes her as having a "sickly constitution" and "indifferent health" but being otherwise charming, that she would adorn the rank of duchess rather than be adorned by it, that her health has "deprived the British court of its brightest ornament" and quotes Lady Catherine in saying that she is "far superior to the handsomest of her sex; because there is that in her features which marks the young woman of distinguished birth."
She is typically quiet and apparently is fond of driving her pony cart and that she occasionally stops to speak with Charlotte Collins, but rarely goes into the house. The Collinses consider it the greatest honor if she ever deigns to come in.
- Anne - close friends and family
- Miss de Bourgh - everyone else, as Anne is the only daughter it is always correct to address her as Miss de Bourgh (see this post for more information). She does not get to use the title of "lady" because her father was not an earl, marquess, or duke.