Rachel Annand Taylor

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Rachel Annand Taylor (3 April 1876 – 15 August 1960) was a Scottish poet, biographer and literary critic.

Born in Aberdeen to stonemason John Annand and his wife Clarinda Dinnie, she was one of the first women to study at Aberdeen University. She later taught at Aberdeen High School for Girls.

As a writer she was admired by Richard Aldington, G.K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc and D. H. Lawrence. In 1943 she was awarded an honorary LLD from Aberdeen University.

She married Alexander C. Taylor in 1901 and lived in Dundee and London, where she died in 1960. Aberdeen has honoured her with a commemorative plaque at Harlaw Academy.

Three of her poems are included in Nicholson & Lee, eds. The Oxford Book of English Mystical Verse, 1917.


  • Poems (1904)
  • Rose and Vine (1909)
  • The Hours of Fiammetta; a sonnet sequence (1910)
  • The End of Fiammetta (1923)
  • Aspects of the Italian Renaissance (1923, reprinted 1968)
  • Leonardo the Florentine: A Study in Personality (1927, reprinted in 2003, ISBN 0-7661-4411-9)
  • Invitation to Renaissance Italy (1930)
  • Dunbar, the Poet and his Period (1931, reprinted 1969)
  • Renaissance France (unpublished manuscript, National Library of Scotland)

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