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Jean Elliot (1727 - 1805)

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Jean "Jane" Elliot
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Died in Edinburgh, Scotlandmap
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Jean Elliot was born in Edinburgh, her family home was at Minto in Roxburghshire, she is sometimes called "Jane".

Douglas Scott, in his book A Hawick Word Book [1] recounts a story describing how, "In her teens she entertained a group of Jacobites under John Goodwillie at Minto House, while her father (a staunch anti-Jacobite) hid among the crags."

Jean Elliot is the author of the very popular ballad Flowers of the Forest published in 1776, which she based on a traditional song about the loss of large number of Scottish soldiers after the Battle of Flodden in 1513. Ten thousand soldiers including the king James lV and many of the Scottish nobility died fighting the English at Flodden,[2]

In Chambers Scottish Songs and Ballads, editor Nancy Marshall says: [3]Jane Elliot, born in 1727, was the third daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot, second baronet of Minto and Lord Justice-Clerk of Scotland. It is said that while driving home late one evening to Minto house, she and her brother Gilbert reflected on the damage done to the countryside and the people of Ettrick by the Battle of Flodden, where 10,000 Scots perished with their leader James IV. At Gilbert’s suggestion Jane, there and then, began to compose new lyrics to fit this ancient air. She has created an elegiac tribute to the men of Ettrick Forest who fell at Flodden.

This ballad is still sung as a lament for soldiers of the British Commonwealth. Listen to Flowers of the Forest sung by Isla St.Clair [4] listen to Flowers of the Forest played by piper [5] and here by the Scots Guards [6]

Jean Elliotmother moved to Edinburgh, where Jean was described as `a prodigious fund of Scottish anecdote', but also that she `did not appear to have ever been handsome'. She was said to be elegant, fashionable and intelligent, with a liking for French literature. She was also said to be the last lady in Edinburgh to use a sedan chair. [7]

Returning to Teviotdale in her last year, she died, unmarried, at her brother's house at Monteviot.

Jane Elliot never married


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