Jean Elliot 1727-1805

Jean Elliot was born in Minto in Teviotdale in the Scottish Borders, the third daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot, a lawyer, politician and judge. She was an accomplished, confident woman and in 1745 when a party of Jacobites came to arrest her father, she managed to convince them that he was not there, although he was actually hiding in the Minto Crags close by.

Jean never married and from 1782 lived in Edinburgh, only returning to Minto in the final year of her life. Her claim to fame is her version of The Flowers of the Forest, written in 1756. a tragic poem lamenting the defeat of the Scottish army at Flodden Field in 1513.

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