Janet Schaw

Standard Name: Schaw, Janet
Used Form: Jen. Schaw
JS , whose fluent and polished style suggests that she was well accustomed to writing, was a late-eighteenth-century Scotswoman who left a single text: a letter-form journal of travels. With some relations she sailed from Scotland to the Caribbean (where they acquired some months' experience of the slave-based economy of Antigua), then to North Carolina in what was soon to become the United States of America, then home again via an extended visit to Lisbon in Portugal. Schaw is a sharp-eyed observer, intelligent, opinionated, and conservative or reactionary.


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Andrews, Evangeline Walker et al. “Introduction, Appendices”. Journal of a Lady of Quality, Third Edition, Yale University Press, 1923, pp. 1 - 19, 256.
Schaw, Janet. Journal of a Lady of Quality. Editors Andrews, Evangeline Walker and Charles McLean Andrews, Yale University Press, 1939.