Alicia Ann Spottiswoode
Alicia Ann, Lady John Scott, (née Alicia Ann Spottiswoode) (24 June 1810 – 12 March 1900) was a Scottish songwriter and composer known chiefly for the tune, "Annie Laurie", to which the words of a 17th-century poet, William Douglas, were set.
She was the oldest daughter of John Spottiswoode of Berwickshire and his wife Helen Wauchope of Niddrie-Mains. On 16 March 1836 she married Lord John Douglas Scott, a younger son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch, and consequently was known as Lady John Scott. Lord John Scott died in 1860. Under the will of her father, she resumed her maiden name Spottiswoode in 1866, and was sometimes known as Lady John Scott Spottiswoode.
Lady John Scott was a champion of traditional Scots language, history and culture, her motto being 'Haud [hold] fast by the past'. "Annie Laurie" was published in 1838. Scott was born and died at Spottiswoode, Scottish Borders, in the former Berwickshire.
Selected works include:
- Annie Laurie
- Katherine Logie
- Shame on Ye, Gallants!
- Your Voices Are Not Hush'd
- The Foul Fords
- "Think On Me"
- "Within the Garden of My Heart"
- Preface by Margaret Warrender (March 1904) in Songs and Verses by Lady Jane Scott, Edinburgh: David Douglas, pp. i–lxiv
- "Obituary - Lady John Scott Spottiswoode". The Times (36089). London. 14 March 1900. p. 6.
- "Lady John Scott". Scottish Poetry Library.
- Rogers, Charles (1882). The Scottish minstrel: the songs of Scotland subsequent to Burns. p. 447. Retrieved 8 November 2010.