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Elizabeth Grant (both under that name and her later one of Elizabeth Smith) was a talented autobiographer, an essayist, and a diarist. Selections from her memoirs and journals were edited and published subsequent to her death and provide vivid pictures of social and political life in Scotland, England, India, Ireland (including the Great Famine), and France during the nineteenth century.
7 May 1797 EG was born at 5 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh. Bibliographic Citation link.
1826-1827 Stories (not traced) which EG and her sister Mary wrote for the The Inspector, which she later described as "a bundle of rubbish" but which earned them £40, saved their family from financial ruin. Bibliographic Citation link.
8 May 1845 Towards the end of her two-year stay in France with her family, Elizabeth Smith (formerly EG) began writing the recollections of her life, which were later published as the popular Memoirs of a Highland Lady. Bibliographic Citation link.
16 November 1885 Elizabeth Smith (formerly EG) died at the age of eighty-nine. Bibliographic Citation link.
February 1898 The first public edition of EG's Memoirs of a Highland Lady appeared, edited and abridged by her niece, Jane Maria Strachey. Bibliographic Citation link.
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