Alison Cockburn

(1713—1794) writer and literary hostess

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(c. 1712–94),

Scots poet and song‐writer, whose lively soirées brought together most of the literary talent of 18th‐cent. Edinburgh. She was friendly with Hume and Sir W. Scott, and was admired by Burns. She wrote one of the well‐known versions of ‘The Flowers of the Forest’. (See also Elliot, J.)

Subjects: Literature.

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