1844 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Grant

Robert Chambers, in Cyclopaedia of English Literature (1844; 1850) 2:279.



In the following year [1803] a volume of miscellaneous poems was published by MRS. ANNE GRANT, widow of the minister of Laggan, in Inverness-shire. Mrs. Grant (1754-1838) was author of several able and interesting prose works. She wrote Letters from the Mountains, giving a description of Highland scenery and manners, with which she was conversant from her residence in the country; also Memoirs of an American Lady (1810); and Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders, which appeared in 1811. The writings of this lady display a lively and observant fancy, and considerable powers of landscape painting. They first drew attention to the more striking and romantic features of the Scottish Highlands, afterwards so fertile a theme for the genius of Scott.