1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Anne Grant

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 247.



Mrs. Grant, commonly styled "of Laggan," to distinguish her from her contemporary, Mrs. Grant of Carron, was born in Glasgow, 1755. Her father, Duncan Macvicar, was an officer in the army. While a child, she accompanied her parents to America; and they settled for a time in the state of New York. In 1768 she returned with her family to Scotland. She married James Grant, a young clergyman, in 1779. He died in 1801; and in 1803 she published a volume of poems. In 1806 appeared her Letters from the Mountains, which passed through several editions. She reached her eight-fourth year, retaining her faculties to the last. Her correspondence was published, in three volumes, by her son, John P. Grant, in 1844. The song we quote [Oh, where, tell me where?} was written on the occasion of the Marquis of Huntly's departure for Holland with his regiment in 1799.