Alicia Ann Spottiswoode

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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 is alternatively known by her courtesy title of Lady John Scott.[1] Lord John Scott died in 1860.

Lady Scott was a champion of traditional Scots language, history and culture, her motto being 'Haud [hold] fast by the past'.[2] "Annie Laurie" was published in 1838. Scott was born and died at Spottiswoode, Scottish Borders, in the former Berwickshire.[3]


Selected works include:

  • Annie Laurie
  • Katherine Logie
  • Lammermoor
  • Shame on Ye, Gallants!
  • Etterick
  • Your Voices Are Not Hush'd
  • The Foul Fords
  • Duris-Deer
  • "Think On Me"
  • "Within the Garden of My Heart"

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  1. ^ Preface by Margaret Warrender (March 1904) in Songs and Verses by Lady Jane Scott, Edinburgh: David Douglas, pp. i–lxiv
  2. ^ "Lady John Scott". Scottish Poetry Library. 
  3. ^ Rogers, Charles (1882). The Scottish minstrel: the songs of Scotland subsequent to Burns. p. 447. Retrieved 8 November 2010. 

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