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8 October 1713
Alison Rutherford or Rutherfurd (later AC) was born at the family's mansion house at Fairnalee
. She was much the youngest of seven children (apart from two elder half-brothers).
1764 The Black Bird. A Choice Collection of the Most Celebrated Songs. Few of which are to be found in any other Collection
, published at Edinburgh
, included, anonymously, what is probably the best-known of all AC's works, the song or ballad beginning "I've seen the smiling of Fortune beguiling."
3 November 1794
AC, who had been writing of herself as old for something like twenty years, composed the last of her printed letters, to the Rev. Robert Douglas.