Annie S. Swan

(1859—1943) novelist

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(1859–1943) married (1883) James Burnett Smith (d. 1927). A farmer's daughter, she was born at Mountskip, near Gorebridge, Midlothian, and educated at Queen's Street Ladies' College in Edinburgh and at home by governesses. Swan made her literary debut with pieces for The Woman at Home. She submitted monthly articles for a number of years that were ‘full of sound sense and sympathetic knowledge’, and she edited the periodical from 1893–1917. In 1883 she married a physician. Towards the end of the 1890s she produced the Annie S. Swan Penny Stories, a penny weekly (and from 1924 also The Annie Swan Annual). Mrs Burnett Smith became a popular lecturer for the cause of Temperance. During the First World War she worked for the Ministry of Food, as well as visiting soldiers' camps at home and abroad and working in munitions factories. Her husband served with the Black Watch and their family home in Hertford Heath, Herts., was bombed by Zeppelins.


From The Oxford Companion to Edwardian Fiction in Oxford Reference.

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