Letters of Annie Shepherd Swan between 1892 and 1930 and undated, and cuttings of an article and a portrait photograph.
Letters of Annie Shepherd Swan (1859-1943)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-664
- Dates of Creation1892-1930
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description3 letters or notes, 1 cutting, 1 small cutting portrait photograph. Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
- LocationGen. 1981/46-50
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
The novelist Annie Shepherd Swan was born at Mountskip, Gorebridge, Midlothain, in 1859. She was educated at the Ladies' College in Edinburgh. Her writing career began with stories for children and with contributions to The Christian leader. Other work includes Ups and downs (1878), Aldersyde (1883) the romance which established her, Carlowrie (1884), The gates of Eden (1886), Across her path (1889), Who shall serve (1891) and A bitter debt (1893). Her latter novels were influenced by Scottish industrial life. Swan's literary career advanced when she moved to London in the early-1890s. There she contributed to women's magazines and wrote light romances. Swan married James Burnett-Smith. She was given the CBE in 1930. Latterly Annie Shepherd Swan (or Annie Burnett-Smith) lived at Gullane, East Lothian, and she died at Gorebridge, Midlothian, on 17 June 1943.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Keay, John. and Keay, Julia (eds.). Collins encyclopaedia of Scotland. London: Harper Collins Publishers, 1994. (2) Who was who 1941-1950. London: Adam and Charles Black, 1952.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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