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The novelist Annie Shepherd Swan was born at Mountskip, Gorebridge, Midlothain, in 1859. She was educated at the Ladies' College in Edinburgh. Her writing career began with stories for children and with contributions to The Christian leader . Other work includes Ups and downs (1878), Aldersyde (1883) the romance which established her, Carlowrie (1884), The gates of Eden (1886), Across her path (1889), Who shall serve (1891) and A bitter debt (1893). Her latter novels were influenced by Scottish industrial life. Swan's literary career advanced when she moved to London in the early-1890s. There she contributed to women's magazines and wrote light romances. Swan married James Burnett-Smith. She was given the CBE in 1930. Latterly Annie Shepherd Swan (or Annie Burnett-Smith) lived at Gullane, East Lothian, and she died at Gorebridge, Midlothian, on 17 June 1943.
From the guide to the Letters of Annie Shepherd Swan (1859-1943), 1892-1930, (Edinburgh University Library)