Memoirs of a Highland Lady is one of the most famous memoirs ever written. Since its first bowdlerised edition in 1898, it has been consistently in print. This is the first ever complete text. Written between 1845 and 1854, the memoirs were originally intended simply for Elizabeth's family, but these vivid and inimitable records of life in the early 19th century, and above all of the great Rothiemurchus estate, are full of sharp observation and wit, and form an unforgettable picture of her time.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Grant (1797-1885) was born in Edinburgh's fashionable New Town. Most of her childhood was spent in London and on the family estate, Rothiemurchus, on Speyside. She was educated by governesses and in the social graces by various tutors, finally entering Edinburgh society at the end of the Napoleonic wars. In 1827 the family left Scotland for India when her father was appointed to a judgeship in Bombay. It was here that she met and married Colonel Henry Smith, 17 years her senior. They left for Ireland the following year to live at Baltiboys, her husband's newly inherited estate near Dublin.