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Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne was a significant member of the Scottish ballad revival, writing at the end of the eighteenth century and during the first few decades of the nineteenth. Much of her work is still well-known. Her Jacobite songs, the earliest she wrote, are often considered the best. Changes in the cultural climate and in her personal belief-system meant that while many of her early songs are cheeky and irreverent, her later ones are mostly pious and correct.
16 August 1766 Carolina Oliphant (later COLN) was born at the 'Auld Hoose' of Gask in Strathearn, Scotland. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
By about 1792 Carolina Oliphant (later Lady Nairne) first began writing songs. Bibliographic Citation link.
1797 One of the few datable songs by Carolina Oliphant (later Lady Nairne) was "The Land o' the Leal", written upon the death of a friend's eldest child. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 October 1845 Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, died at her family home (which had been pulled down and rebuilt since her childhood), in the care of her nephew and his family at Gask. She was buried there, in the family chapel. Bibliographic Citation link.
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