Alison Cockburn

Standard Name: Cockburn, Alison
Birth Name: Alison Rutherford
Used Form: Alison Rutherfurd
AC did not publish, and much of her writing is probably lost. She won a place in literary history with her composition of a popular mournful song or ballad, to an old Scottish tune. Most of her verse is occasional and much of it political. She was a delightful letter-writer, markedly independent in some of her opinions. She also left a short account of her own life and a fable-like biography of Robert Keith .


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Family and Intimate relationships Lady Anne Barnard
Lady Anne's father, James Lindsay , was the fifth Earl of Balcarres, an army officer, and a Jacobite.
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He married Anne Dalrymple when he was sixty. He is described as deaf, with a gouty foot...
Family and Intimate relationships Emily Eden
Her mother, born Eleanor Elliot , later Lady Auckland, was the daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot (who died in 1763, and was known as an amateur poet and song-writer) and sister of the first Earl of Minto
Textual Production Joanna Baillie
She thus made part of the Scottish ballad revival forwarded by individuals of several generations including Allan Ramsay , Elizabeth, Lady Wardlaw , Jean Elliott , Alison Cockburn , her aunt Anne Hunter , Burns
Textual Production Barbarina Brand, Baroness Dacre
The tune was sixty years old or more, and Wilmot's use of it does not necessarily indicate that she knew the songs written for it by either Jean Elliott or Alison Cockburn .
Textual Production Carolina Oliphant, Lady Nairne
Purdie and Smith worked at the behest of an all-female editorial committee
McGuirk, Carol. “Jacobite History to National Song: Robert Burns and Carolina Oliphant (Baroness Nairne)”. The Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, Vol.
, No. 2/3, pp. 253-87.
The anthology came out in six volumes, printing the music along with the words of its songs; its editor was the greatest...
Textual Production Annie S. Swan
ASS also used her new identity David Lyall for a large number of book titles, most of them novels after the first collection of essays. She published Lyall novels serially in the Leisure Hour Monthly...
Theme or Topic Treated in Text Sarah Tytler
The book is prefaced by a glossary which informs the reader that Edinburgh is nicknamed Auld Reekie, that to gowl is to weep noisily, to rug and rive is to carry off by violence...


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Cockburn, Alison. Letters and Memoirs. Editor Craig-Brown, Thomas, David Douglas, 1900.
Cockburn, Alison. “Preface, Introductory Notes”. Letters and Memoirs, edited by Thomas Craig-Brown, David Douglas, 1900.