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Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus (Diary 1797 -1830)

Posted: 1033480816000
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Hi, I have the autography of Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurches afterwards known as Mrs. Smith of Baltiboys 17971830.
The title is 'Memoirs of a Highland Lady'
The book is edited by Lady Strachey and was first printed 1891 with the last printing in 1928.
I am posting this information because it speaks so very fluently of Highland life at the time, many names are mentioned many local traditions and practices are detailed.
Altogether it gives us a very good insight into Highland life as lived by the upper class, it talks of Lairds and lawers and politics and Highland retreats It also paints close pictures of life in Edinburg, and London.. It should be very very interesting to the Grant Clan as a whole. The family eventually leave Scotland and live in India. Elizabeth returns with her husband Colonel Smith to live in his newly inherited estates in Ireland.

Come Grants of Tullochgorum
Wi' their pipers gaun before 'em
Proud the mithers are that bore 'em
Fee fa fudle fum
Come the Grants of Rothiemurches
Ilka ane his sword and dirk has
Ilka ane as proud as a Turk is
Fee fa fudle fum.
(Sir William Grant)

And such a phantom too, 'tis said.
With Highland broadsword, targe, and plaid
And fingers red with gore
Is seen in Rothiemurchus glade,
Or where the sable pine-trees shade
Dark Tomantoul and Auchnaslaid,
Dromouchty, or Glenmore
(Sir Walter Scott- Marmion.)

Email me at for any further information. THE FAMILY CONNECTION AND HISTORY ARE VERY INTERESTING..Jean


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