Poet

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Katherine Drain

Other names: 
Her name was occasionally spelled as Catherine
Dates: 
1868 - 1904

Katherine Drain was born at 13 Burns Street, Renton in 1868, the daughter of Robert Drain, block printer, and Rose Ann Lynch.
She worked as a machinist and supplemented her income by writing poetry. In 1894 she had a son Joseph.

In 1902 she published "Loch Lomond Rhymes" which included "In the Bonnie Wee Toon O'Renton", "A Mother's Lament" and "The Fireside Emigrants".

Katherine Drain died in 1904, of phthisis pulmonaris. Her occupation on her death certificate was given as "writer of peotry".

Mary Symon

Dates: 
1863 - 27 May 1938

Born in Dufftown, the elder daughter of John Symon and Isabella Duncan, Mary Symon was educated in Dufftown, then Edinburgh, and graduated from St Andrews University.

Her poems were published in various magazines, including the Scots Magazine and the Aberdeen University Review. Her collected poems, "Deveron Days" was published in 1933.

In addition to her own name she also published under the pen names "Mary Duff" "Mary Duff Alexander" and "Malcolm Forbes"

She is best remembered for her war poems, describing the feelings of those who lost friends and family in the First World War.

Sources
Obituary
Aberdeen Press & Journal 28 May 1938

Joanna Baillie

Dates: 
11 September 1762 - 23 February 1851

Tessa Ransford

Title: 
OBE
Other names: 
Mrs Kay Stiven, Mrs Callum Macdonald
Dates: 
8 July 1938- 2 September 2015

Tessa was born in Mumbai, India, daughter of Sir Alister and Lady Torfrida Ransford. Her father was Master of the Mint in there.

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Tessa Ransford at the Scottish Poetry Library
Tessa Ransford at the Scottish Poetry Library

Isobel Pagan

Other names: 
She was known as Tibbie
Dates: 
1741-1821

Isobel Pagan was born lame, which restricted her employment options. She kept an inn, and entertained her patrons by singing. She was illiterate, but a local tailor, Gemmell wrote out the poems she composed.
A collection of Poems and Songs was published in Glasgow in 1805.
She died in 1821 and is buried in Muirkirk.

Helen Burness Cruickshank

Other names: 
Nell
Dates: 
15 May 1886 - 2 March 1975

Helen was born in Hillside, Angus, daughter of George Cruickshank and Sarah Wood who also had two sons.

After she completed school she worked as a Civil Servant, her parents being unable to afford to send her to University.

...From 1924 Helen lived in a house on Corstorphine Hill, Dunnieduff, and was involved in the Scottish Renaissance, entertaining and supporting writers and artists such as Hugh MacDiarmid, Willa Muir...

Helen never married...

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Helen Burness Cruickshank

Liz Lochhead

Dates: 
born 26 December 1947
Images: 
Liz Lochhead
Sources
Liz Lochhead
Wikipedia biography

Jackie Kay

Dates: 
born 1961
Images: 
Jackie Kay
Sources
Jackie Kay
Wikipedia biography

Naomi Mitchison

Title: 
CBE
Other names: 
Naomi Mary Margaret Mitchison, nee Haldane, Mrs Gilbert Richard Haldane
Dates: 
1 November 1897 โ€“ 11 January 1999
Images: 
Naomi Margaret Mary Mitchison (nee Haldane)
Sources
Naomi Mitchison
Wikpedia biography

Nan Shepherd

Other names: 
Her given name was Anna, but she was known as Nan.
Dates: 
1893-1981

Nan Shepherd was an early Scottish Modernist writer, who wrote three novels set in small, fictional, communities in North Scotland. The Scottish landscape and weather played a major role in her novels and were the focus of her poetry. She also wrote one non-fiction book on hill walking, "The Living Mountain" based on her experiences walking in the Cairngorms.

Shepherd was a graduate of Aberdeen University and was a lecturer of English at the Aberdeen College of Education for most of her working life.

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