scottish women writers
Self-Control – Mary Brunton
Memoirs of a Highland Lady – Elizabeth Grant
Modern Accomplishments – Catherine Sinclair
Scotland has a number of great women writers and this collection of Scottish Women Writers takes the works of three gifted novelists and places them together in this collection.
Self-Control by Mary Brunton
Mary Brunton’s first novel Self-Control combines religion, romance and adventure. The beautiful and prim Laura Montreville, is pursued by the handsome libertine Colonel Hargrave. Financial misfortune takes Laura to London, where she meets De Courcy who becomes Laura’s admirer and anonymous patron. The unrepentant Hargrave then has Laura taken to North America, but she escapes and is reunited with De Courcy.
Memoirs of a Highland Lady by Elizabeth Grant
First published in 1898, three years after her death, Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus’ Memoirs of a Highland Lady was originally intended only for family. The book documents Grant’s life in Scotland, Europe and India, and is a vivid record of life in the early 19th century, full of wit and keen observation. It also forms an enduring picture of her life. Her accounts of travelling to other countries are interesting, amusing, and allows the reader to contrast the differences in Grant’s life in Scotland to that of other countries.
Modern Accomplishments by Catherine Sinclair
Currently out of print and not available as an ebook, Catherine Sinclair’s Modern Accomplishments is a tale of ‘accomplished’ young ladies in the 19th century. Matilda has been raised by an intellectual mother, whereas her cousin Eleanor is the perfect debutante. The 16-year-olds arrive in the Edinburgh of the 1830s to finish their education and are met with a variety of opinions on how a young lady should behave. This classic Scottish novel offers fascinating insight into the limitations placed on women by 19th-century society.