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During the last decade of the eighteenth century and the first decade of the nineteenth, Helen Craik wrote both poetry and novels. Her fiction included some historical and some contemporary works.
Probably after June 1751 HC was born at the sixteenth-century Arbigland Hall near Kirkbean in Dumfriesshire, on a low-lying blunt peninsula jutting into the Solway Firth. She was one of six legitimate children. Bibliographic Citation link.
October 1789 HC, in her late thirties, penned her first work which is known to survive: a poem written in Robert Burns's copy of his Poems published at Edinburgh. Bibliographic Citation link.
June 1811 HC wrote for the Farmer's Magazine a sequence of two letters containing a memoir of her father, William Craik of Arbigland Hall, Dumfriesshire. Bibliographic Citation link.
11 June 1825 HC died at Flimby Lodge, near Maryport in Cumberland, aged seventy-four. Bibliographic Citation link.
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