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Jean Elliot

Elliot, Miss Jean (1727–1805). Poetess, daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto, has a small niche in literature as the authoress of the beautiful ballad, The Flowers of the Forest, beginning, “I’ve heard the lilting at our yowe-milking.” Another ballad with the same title beginning, “I’ve seen the smiling of fortune beguiling” was written by Alicia Rutherford, afterwards Mrs. Cockburn.

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