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The Library of the World’s Best Literature. An Anthology in Thirty Volumes. 1917.

Joanna Baillie (1762–1851)

Baillie, Joanna. A Scottish poet; born in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Sept. 11, 1762; died at Hampstead, England, Feb. 23, 1851. At an early age she removed to London and settled at Hampstead, where, with her sister Agnes, she passed the remainder of her life. The first volume of her ‘Plays on the Passions’ was published in 1798, the series continuing to 1836; one of them, ‘The Family Legend,’ was successfully presented at Edinburgh under the patronage of Sir Walter Scott. Miss Baillie published many short poems and songs of great beauty. She enjoyed the close friendship of Scott, Jeffrey (who at first had severely criticized her work), Lucy Aikin, Mrs. Siddons, and other eminent persons. For her benevolent deeds at Hampstead, the poor gave her the name of “Lady Bountiful.” (See Critical and Biographical Introduction).