Leader Scott (1837–1902)

Author of The cathedral builders : the story of a great masonic guild

Includes the names: Lucy Baxter

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Leader Scott was the pen name of Lucy Baxter, née Barnes, born in Dorchester, England. Her parents were William Barnes, a poet, and his wife Julia Miles. She began writing at age 18 and published stories and articles in magazines. She saved enough money to finance a trip to Italy, where she met and in 1867 married Samuel Thomas Baxter, and settled in Florence. She became a well-known writer on art and a prominent figure in the literary and artistic life of the city. Her pseudonym Leader Scott combined the birth surnames of her two grandmothers, Isabel Leader and Grace Scott.

Her works included The Cathedral Builders (1899-1900), an examination of the entire field of Romanesque architecture, and a biography of her father.
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