Bannerman, Anne (DNB00)

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BANNERMAN, ANNE (d. 1829), Scottish poetical writer, published at Edinburgh in 1800 a small volume of ‘Poems,’ which was followed in 1802 by ‘Tales of Superstition and Chivalry.’ In December 1803 she lost her mother, and about the same time her only brother died in Jamaica. She was thus left without relatives, and in a state of destitution. Dr. Robert Anderson, writing to Bishop Percy 15 Sept. 1804, says: ‘I have sometimes thought that a small portion of the public bounty might be very properly bestowed on this elegantly accomplished woman. I mentioned her case to Professor Richardson, the confidential friend and adviser of the Duke of Montrose, a cabinet minister, who readily undertook to co-operate in any application that might be made to government. The duke is now at Buchanan House, and other channels are open, but no step has yet been taken in the business. … Perhaps an edition of her poems by subscription might be brought forward at this time with success.’ The latter suggestion was acted upon, and about 250 subscribers of a guinea were obtained for the new edition of the ‘Poems,’ including the ‘Tales of Superstition and Chivalry,’ which was published at Edinburgh in 1807, 4to, with a dedication to Lady Charlotte Rawdon. Shortly afterwards Miss Bannerman went to Exeter as governess to Lady Frances Beresford's daughter. She died at Portobello, near Edinburgh, on 29 Sept. 1829 (Glasgow Courier).

[Nichols's Illustrations of Literary History, vii. 97, 112, 123, 129, 133, 135, 138, 164, 181, 182; Cat. of Printed Books in Brit. Mus.; Biog. Dict. of Living Authors (1816), 13.]

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