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Alicia Anne Spottiswoode (1810-1900) - Songwriter

She was born on 24th June 1810 at Westruther, Berwickshire, Scotland, into an old-established Borders family with Jacobite leanings. In 1836 she married Lord John Scott, the brother of the 5th Duke of Buccleuch and although she chose to be known socially as Lady Scott she is remembered by her maiden name for the composition of Scottish songs such as Annie Laurie and Durisdeer. Through her interest in the collection of traditional songs and antiquities she became the friend of C. K. sharpe, and she enjoyed a reputation as a skilled, if somewhat eclectic, antiquary. In all she wrote 69 original songs and poems, often reworking crude originals. This is the case with Annie Laurie, which was written by William Douglas of Fingland in Kirkcudbright to the tune Kempie Kaye; in 1835 Alicia Ann Spottiswood recast the words, added a third verse and reworked the air into a more melodious tune. After her husband's death in 1860 she returned to her family house and took over the running of the estates. She died on 12 March 1900.

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