ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Grant

(1755-1838)


Anne MacVicar, born in Glasgow, spent her early life in America where she taught herself to read and write poetry. Her family returned to Scotland in 1768; in 1779 she married the Rev. James Grant, minister of Laggan in Inverness-shire. She had twelve children, of whom eight were alive when her husband died in 1801. Grant turned to writing for support, and her influential friends secured 3000 subscribers to her first volume of verse. From 1810 she lived in Edinburgh where her memoirs and descriptions of Highland life made her a popular literary figure; in 1825 Sir Walter Scott and other friends secured her a small pension from the Literary Fund.


TEXT RECORDS:

1808On the Death of Burns.
1814Eighteen Hundred and Thirteen: a Poem.

PUBLICATIONS:

Poems on various subjects. 1803.
Letters from the mountains. 3 vols, 1807.
The Highlanders and other poems. 1808, 1810, 1813.
Memoirs of an American lady [Catalina Schuyler]; with sketches of manners and scenery in America. 2 vols, 1808.
Essays on the superstitions of the Highlanders of Scotland. 2 vols, 1811.
Eighteen-hundred and thirteen: a poem in two parts. 1814.
Popular models and impressive warnings for the sons and daughters of industry. 2 vols, 1815.
Blue bell of Scotland. 1835?
The touchstone: or the claims and privileges of true religion briefly considered. 1842.
Memoir and correspondence of Mrs. Grant, ed. J. P. Grant. 3 vols, 1844.
Letters concerning Highland affairs in the 18th century. 1896.