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CodeNA8716
Dates1859-1943
Person NameSwan; Annie S (1859-1943); writer and playwright
SurnameSwan
ForenamesAnnie S
Epithetwriter and playwright
ActivityAnnie S Swan (1859-1943), writer, was born near Coldingham, Berwickshire and brought up in Edinburgh and Gorebridge, Midlothian. She won a writing competition in the 'People's Journal' whilst still at school and her first novel 'Ups and Downs' was published in 1878. She married a schoolmaster, James Burnett Smith, and they lived near Markinch, Fife, from 1883 until 1885, when her husband went to study medicine at Edinburgh University. During this period she also had published various works, including: 'Aldersyde' (1883); 'Carlowrie' (1884); 'A Divided House' (1885; and 'The Gates of Eden' (1887)). In 1896 they moved to London and then moved to Hertford in 1908. During the First World War Swan worked for the Ministry of Food - firstly in Britain and later in America, and her husband served in the Black Watch. After he died in 1927, Swan lived in Scotland until her own death in 1943. During her writing career she wrote over a hundred novels, the last, 'The Family Name' and 'Who are the Heathen?', were published in 1942.
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