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TITLE
'Memoirs of a Highland Lady' (1)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_LL_ELIZ_GRANT_01
PLACENAME
Rothiemurchus
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus
DATE OF RECORDING
2008
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Elizabeth Grant
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1307
KEYWORDS
diarists
autobiographies
literary landscapes

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This audio extract is from chapter nine of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus's autobiography, 'Memoirs of a Highland Lady', first published in 1897. It is read here by Sue Skelton.

'The small farms in Rothiemurchus lay all about in various directions, most of them beautifully situated; the extent of the old forest was said to be sixteen square miles, and it was reckoned that about ten more were growing up, either of natural fir, or my father's planted larch. The whole lay in the bosom of the Grampians in a bend of a bow, as it were, formed by the mountains, the river Spey being the string and our boundary. The mountains are bare, not very picturesquely shaped, yet imposing from their size. Many glens run up them all richly carpeted with sweet grass peculiarly suited to the fattening of cattle, one or two of these ending in a lake dropped at the bottom of a screen of precipices. One pass, that of Larrig, leads to Braemar, Lord Fife's country, with whose lands and the Duke of Gordon's, ours march in that direction. Several rapid streams run through the forest, the smaller burnies rattling along their rocky beds to join the larger, which in their turn flow on to be lost in the Spey.'

Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus was born in Edinburgh on 7 May 1797, the eldest of five children of Sir John Peter Grant, laird of Rothiemurchus. She spent her childhood mostly on the family estate and in London, entering Edinburgh society in 1814. The family returned to Rothiemurchus in 1820 and from around 1826, Elizabeth wrote articles and stories for various magazines to supplement the family income.

In 1827 the family moved to Bombay where Elizabeth met her future husband, Colonel Henry Smith. The couple married in 1829 and returned to Ireland the following year to live on Colonel Smith's estate in county Wicklow. Elizabeth continued to supplement the family income by writing while, at the same time, raising her three children, Jane, Anne and John. Between 1845 and 1854 she wrote a private memoir of her years spent in Scotland. This was to become her most famous work - 'Memoirs of a Highland Lady' - edited and abridged by her niece and first published in 1897.

Other works published posthumously include 'The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith, 1840-1850' (1980), 'The Highland Lady in Ireland' (1991), and 'A Highland Lady in France' (1996). Lady Grant died on 16 November 1885 at her home in county Wicklow.

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'Memoirs of a Highland Lady' (1)

INVERNESS: Duthil and Rothiemurchus

2000s

diarists; autobiographies; literary landscapes

Am Baile

Literary Landscapes: Elizabeth Grant

This audio extract is from chapter nine of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus's autobiography, 'Memoirs of a Highland Lady', first published in 1897. It is read here by Sue Skelton.<br /> <br /> 'The small farms in Rothiemurchus lay all about in various directions, most of them beautifully situated; the extent of the old forest was said to be sixteen square miles, and it was reckoned that about ten more were growing up, either of natural fir, or my father's planted larch. The whole lay in the bosom of the Grampians in a bend of a bow, as it were, formed by the mountains, the river Spey being the string and our boundary. The mountains are bare, not very picturesquely shaped, yet imposing from their size. Many glens run up them all richly carpeted with sweet grass peculiarly suited to the fattening of cattle, one or two of these ending in a lake dropped at the bottom of a screen of precipices. One pass, that of Larrig, leads to Braemar, Lord Fife's country, with whose lands and the Duke of Gordon's, ours march in that direction. Several rapid streams run through the forest, the smaller burnies rattling along their rocky beds to join the larger, which in their turn flow on to be lost in the Spey.'<br /> <br /> Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus was born in Edinburgh on 7 May 1797, the eldest of five children of Sir John Peter Grant, laird of Rothiemurchus. She spent her childhood mostly on the family estate and in London, entering Edinburgh society in 1814. The family returned to Rothiemurchus in 1820 and from around 1826, Elizabeth wrote articles and stories for various magazines to supplement the family income. <br /> <br /> In 1827 the family moved to Bombay where Elizabeth met her future husband, Colonel Henry Smith. The couple married in 1829 and returned to Ireland the following year to live on Colonel Smith's estate in county Wicklow. Elizabeth continued to supplement the family income by writing while, at the same time, raising her three children, Jane, Anne and John. Between 1845 and 1854 she wrote a private memoir of her years spent in Scotland. This was to become her most famous work - 'Memoirs of a Highland Lady' - edited and abridged by her niece and first published in 1897. <br /> <br /> Other works published posthumously include 'The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith, 1840-1850' (1980), 'The Highland Lady in Ireland' (1991), and 'A Highland Lady in France' (1996). Lady Grant died on 16 November 1885 at her home in county Wicklow.