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Christian Isobel Johnstone is remarkable both for her pioneering of the Scottish national tale (in the early nineteenth century, neck and neck with Sir Walter Scott) and for her long-continuing career in journalism, as contributor and editor (the latter role unprecedented for one of her sex). Her non-fiction for adults ranged from cookery to the politics of resistance. She also wrote children's books both fictional and non-fictional.
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12 June 1781 Christian Isobel Tod or Todd (later Johnstone) was born in Edinburgh only a couple of weeks after her parents married. Bibliographic Citation link.
1814 Christian Isobel McLeish (later Johnstone) anonymously issued what may or may not be her first book: a four-volume novel, The Saxon and the Gael; or, The Northern Metropolis: including a view of the Lowland and Highland Character. Bibliographic Citation link.
By April 1815 Christian Isobel McLeish (later Johnstone) published, through a conger of publishers in Edinburgh, London, and Dublin, her ground-breaking Clan-Albin: A National Tale. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 August 1857 CIJ died at her Edinburgh home, of bronchitis and heart disease; her husband followed her only about two months later. Bibliographic Citation link.
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