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Violet Jacob (1863–1946)

Author of Flemington and Tales from Angus (Canongate Classics)

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Writer and poet Violet Augusta Mary Frederica Kennedy-Erskine was born into an aristocratic family at their historic home near Montrose, Scotland. She was a descendant of King William IV and Mrs. Jordan. In 1894, she married Major Arthur Jacob, an Irish officer in the British army, and accompanied him on his postings. Independent and unconventional, she's said to have smoked and worn male attire in India. Violet also painted and kept travel journals with her observations of the country and people she visited. The couple lost their only child during World War I. Although much of her fiction is set in Scotland, Violet only returned to her native country after her husband died in 1936. Her best known work was the novel Flemington, set during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion.
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