1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Susanna Blamire

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:275.



MISS SUSANNA BLAMIRE (1747-1794), a Cumberland lady, was distinguished for the excellence of her Scottish poetry, which has all the idiomatic ease and grace of a native minstrel. Miss Blamire was born of a respectable family in Cumberland, at Cardew Hall, near Carlisle, where she resided till her twentieth year, beloved by a circle of friends and acquaintance, with whom she associated in what were called "merry neets," or merry evening-parties, in her native district. Her sister becoming the wife of Colonel Graham of Duhray, Perthshire, Susanna accompanied the pair to Scotland, where she remained some years, and imbibed the taste for Scottish melody and music which prompted her beautiful lyrics, The Nabob, The Siller Croun, &c. She also wrote some pieces in the Cumbrian dialect, and a descriptive poem of some length, entitled Stocklewath, or the Cumbrian Village. Miss Blamire died unmarried at Carlisle, in her forty-seventh year, and her name had almost faded from remembrance, when, in 1842, her poetical works were collected and published in one volume, with a preface, memoir, and notes by Patrick Maxwell.