Alicia Ann Scott

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Alicia Ann Scott


Alicia Ann, Lady John Scott, (née Alicia Ann Spottiswoode) (24 June 1810, Berwickshire, Eng. – 12 March 1900, Berwickshire) was a Scottish songwriter and composer known chiefly for the tune, "Annie Laurie", to which the words of a 17th-century poet, William Douglas, were set.

She was the oldest daugher of John Spottiswoode of Berwickshire and his wife Helen Wauchope of Niddrie-Mains. She married Lord John Scott, a younger son of the 4th Duke of Buccleuch, and consequently was known as Lady John Scott. Lord John Scott died in 1860. Under the will of her father, she resumed her maiden name Spottiswoode in 1866, and was sometimes known as Lady John Scott Spottiswoode. Lady John Scott was a champion of traditional Scots language, history and culture, her motto being 'Haud [hold] fast by the past'. Annie Laurie was published in 1838.

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