1896 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Hunter

George Eyre-Todd, in Scottish Poetry of the Eighteenth Century (1896) 2:40.



Anne, the wife of the celebrated surgeon, John Hunter, was the eldest daughter of Robert Home of Greenlaw in Berwickshire. As the sister of Sir Everard Home, and wife of perhaps the most eminent surgeon of his time, Mrs. Hunter entertained some of the most intellectual society of the day. From an early age she had written verse, but it was not till 1802 that she collected her writings. On the appearance of her volume it was somewhat unmercifully treated by Jeffrey. Her songs, however, were set to music by Haydn, and at least one of them remains justly popular to the present day.