Mary Findlater and her younger sister Jane are sometimes referred to as "the Findlater sisters." They were born in Scotland, the children of a minister. They were educated together at home by their father and governesses, and had a close relationship that extended to the co-writing of books. Mary Findlater also wrote poetry and novels alone, including Songs and Sonnets (1895), Betty Musgrave (1899), A Narrow Way (1901), and The Rose of Joy (1903). Of the novels written by Mary and Jane together, perhaps the best-known is Crossriggs (1908), a light-hearted romance of upper-class manners. They followed it with other similar novels that were highly popular in their day. The sisters also collaborated on two long novels with Charlotte Stewart (under her pseudonym Allan McAulay) and Kate Douglas Wiggin. Their popularity led to a wide circle of literary and artistic acquaintances, including friendship with Ellen Terry, Mary Cholmondeley, Rudyard Kipling, and Virginia Woolf. After meeting Henry James, the sisters got to know his brother William and his sister-in-law Alice while on a lecture tour to the USA in 1905. By the 1920s, their work seemed old-fashioned, and Beneath the Visiting Moon (1923) was their last book.