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Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne was a significant member of the Scottish ballad revival, writing or radically revising something like eighty songs in the final decade of the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth. Their various forms notably include the dramatic monologue. Much of her work was carried around the world by the Scottish diaspora, and many of her ballads are still well-known. Bibliographic Citation link. Her openly 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 more pious and correct.
16 August 1766 Carolina Oliphant (later COLN) was born at the 'Auld Hoose' of Gask in Strathearn, Scotland: her parents had returned there from Jacobite exile just two years before she was born 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", sent to a friend who had recently suffered the death of her eldest child, though its message of longing for a better world after death is linked with Jacobite longings in exile for home. Bibliographic Citation link.
26 October 1845 Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne, died at her family home, Gask House or Gask Old House (which had been pulled down and rebuilt since her childhood), in the care of her nephew James Blair Oliphant and his wife at Gask. She was buried there, in the family chapel. Bibliographic Citation link.
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