Susan Ferrier

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SF was a conservative early nineteenth-century novelist of Edinburgh manners, who builds her novels out of acute observation, wit, moralising, and literary quotation.
Engraving of Susan Ferrier based on the half-length portrait by Robert Thorburn, 1836. She looks straight forward, wearing a huge lacy bonnet and a large, lacy collar or neckerchief over a dress in shiny fabric. She has a pocket watch on a long chain. A glimpse of landscape is visible behind.
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Milestones

7 September 1782
SF was born in a flat in Lady Stair's Close in Edinburgh, the youngest daughter (second youngest child) in a family of ten.
The birthdate given in some sources, 17 September, was probably that of her baptism.
Parker, William Mathie. Susan Ferrier and John Galt. Longmans, Green, 1965.
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Irvine, James, and Susan Ferrier. “Introduction”. The Inheritance, Three Rivers, 1984, p. v - xv.
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Parker, William Mathie. Susan Ferrier and John Galt. Longmans, Green, 1965.
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1818
SF anonymously published her first book, Marriage, A Novel.
British Library Catalogue.
Irvine, James, and Susan Ferrier. “Introduction”. The Inheritance, Three Rivers, 1984, p. v - xv.
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Cullinan, Mary. Susan Ferrier. Twayne, 1984.
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5 November 1854
SF died at 38 Albany Street, Edinburgh, where she had lived for three years in the house of her brother Walter.
Parker, William Mathie. Susan Ferrier and John Galt. Longmans, Green, 1965.
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Burnett, Lucy. “Susan Edmonstone Ferrier”. Sheffield Hallam Corvey: Corvey ’Adopt an Author’.

Biography

Birth and Family

7 September 1782
SF was born in a flat in Lady Stair's Close in Edinburgh, the youngest daughter (second youngest child) in a family of ten.
The birthdate given in some sources, 17 September, was probably that of her baptism.
Parker, William Mathie. Susan Ferrier and John Galt. Longmans, Green, 1965.
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Irvine, James, and Susan Ferrier. “Introduction”. The Inheritance, Three Rivers, 1984, p. v - xv.
vi
Parker, William Mathie. Susan Ferrier and John Galt. Longmans, Green, 1965.
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