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Lady Anne Lindsay was born in an isolated castle in Scotland, the eldest daughter of James Lindsay, 5th Earl of Balcarres, and his wife Anne Dalrymple. She met Samuel Johnson in Edinburgh before moving to London to live for many years with her sister Lady Margaret Fordyce. Lady Anne was a talented artist whose works included oil paintings and drawings. In 1793, at age 43, she married Andrew Barnard, a dozen years her junior, son of Thomas Barnard, Bishop of Limerick. She obtained for her husband the position of colonial secretary at the British military installation at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The couple lived there from 1797 to 1802. She entertained as the official hostess of the Governor, Lord Macartney. Lady Anne Barnard's letters to her friend Henry Dundas, then Secretary for War and the Colonies, were published under the title South Africa a Century Ago, in 1910. These, along with her remarkable diaries, illustrated with many watercolors and drawings and published in 1924, provide historians with valuable information about British and Dutch colonial life in Africa of the period. Lady Anne Barnard was widowed in 1807, and returned to London, where she presided over a well-known salon frequented by the Prince of Wales, Sir Walter Scott, Richard Sheridan, Edmund Burke, and others. Late in her life, it became known that she was the author of the popular Scottish ballad "Auld Robin Gray," written in 1771 and set to music by Rev. William Leeves.
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