Daughter of a rich Liverpool merchant,she married Edward Bury, a railway engineer. She worked with William Roscoe (1753-1831), an amateur botanist. She published in 1831-1834 A Selection of Hexandrian Plants. She entrusted the engraving to the Londoner Robert Havell, engraver of the John James Audubon (1785-1851) plates. The book was carried out in aquatint and the 350 plant drawings painted in part by hand. Bury was also the author of illustrations for The Botanist of Benjamin Maund (1790-1863).