Grant, Anne (1755–1838)

Scottish poet and author, best known for Memoirs of an American Lady (1809) – a work that was greatly admired by Southey. Born Ann Macvicar, she grew up mainly in New York and Vermont, before her family moved back to Scotland in 1768. In 1778 she married a clergyman, James Grant, and after his death in 1801 supported herself from her writings and by taking in pupils. She was a prominent figure in Edinburgh literary life and Southey met her when he visited the city on 17–18 August 1819. They later corresponded briefly on literary matters.

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