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TITLE
'Letters from the Mountains' (2)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_ANNE_GRANT_04
PLACENAME
Laggan
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Laggan
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Anne Grant
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1263
KEYWORDS
audio
novels
literary landscapes

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This audio extract is from 'Letters from the Mountains: being the real correspondence of a lady between the years 1773 and 1807' by Anne MacVicar Grant, first published in 1806. It is read here by a pupil from Fortrose Academy.

'You will think I am talking very solemnly about travelling the twenty-five miles between here and Laggan; for I do not know that ever I have told you how peculiarly we are situated with regard to each other. This district is divided from ours by an immense mountain called Corryarrick [Corrieyairack]. The barrier is impassable in the depth of winter, as the top of it is above the region of clouds; and the sudden descent on the other side is peculiarly dangerous, not only from deep snows concealing the unbeaten track of the road but from whirlwinds and eddies that drive the snow into heaps; besides an evil spirit which the country people devotedly believe to have dwelt there time out of mind.'

Mrs. Anne Grant of Laggan was born Anne MacVicar in Glasgow in 1755. She was the daughter of Duncan MacVicar, an army officer. The family spent some time in North America before returning to Scotland to Fort Augustus in 1773. It was here that Anne met James Grant, military chaplain to the regiment garrisoned there. They married in 1779 when James was given the charge of the neighbouring parish of Laggan.

When her husband died in 1801, Anne turned to writing to help support herself and her eight remaining children (four daughters had previously died). Among her most famous works are 'Letters from the Mountains' (1807), and 'Memoirs of an American Lady' (1808). She also published 'Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders' (1811), perhaps her most interesting work. Her poetry collections include 'Poems of Various Subjects' (1803) and 'The Highlanders and Other poems' (1808).

The success of Anne's publications enabled her to move to Edinburgh where, during the last thirty years of her life, she derived pleasure and company from her literary acquaintances, including Sir Walter Scott. Anne Grant died at 9 Manor Place, Edinburgh, on 7 November 1838 and was buried next to four of her daughters in St. Cuthbert's graveyard in Edinburgh.

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'Letters from the Mountains' (2)

INVERNESS: Laggan

2000s

audio; novels; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Anne Grant

This audio extract is from 'Letters from the Mountains: being the real correspondence of a lady between the years 1773 and 1807' by Anne MacVicar Grant, first published in 1806. It is read here by a pupil from Fortrose Academy.<br /> <br /> 'You will think I am talking very solemnly about travelling the twenty-five miles between here and Laggan; for I do not know that ever I have told you how peculiarly we are situated with regard to each other. This district is divided from ours by an immense mountain called Corryarrick [Corrieyairack]. The barrier is impassable in the depth of winter, as the top of it is above the region of clouds; and the sudden descent on the other side is peculiarly dangerous, not only from deep snows concealing the unbeaten track of the road but from whirlwinds and eddies that drive the snow into heaps; besides an evil spirit which the country people devotedly believe to have dwelt there time out of mind.'<br /> <br /> Mrs. Anne Grant of Laggan was born Anne MacVicar in Glasgow in 1755. She was the daughter of Duncan MacVicar, an army officer. The family spent some time in North America before returning to Scotland to Fort Augustus in 1773. It was here that Anne met James Grant, military chaplain to the regiment garrisoned there. They married in 1779 when James was given the charge of the neighbouring parish of Laggan.<br /> <br /> When her husband died in 1801, Anne turned to writing to help support herself and her eight remaining children (four daughters had previously died). Among her most famous works are 'Letters from the Mountains' (1807), and 'Memoirs of an American Lady' (1808). She also published 'Essays on the Superstitions of the Highlanders' (1811), perhaps her most interesting work. Her poetry collections include 'Poems of Various Subjects' (1803) and 'The Highlanders and Other poems' (1808). <br /> <br /> The success of Anne's publications enabled her to move to Edinburgh where, during the last thirty years of her life, she derived pleasure and company from her literary acquaintances, including Sir Walter Scott. Anne Grant died at 9 Manor Place, Edinburgh, on 7 November 1838 and was buried next to four of her daughters in St. Cuthbert's graveyard in Edinburgh.