Violet Jacob

Violet Jacob ( born September 1, 1863 in Montrose, † September 9, 1946 in Kirriemuir, Angus, Scotland) was a Scottish writer, known mainly for her historical novel Flemington and her poetry today. The latter are distributed primarily in the Scottish as Braid Scots.


She was born Violet Mary Augusta Frederica Kennedy - Erskine, daughter of William Henry Kennedy - Erskine (July 1, 1828 - September 15, 1870 ) of Dun, Forfarshire, a captain of the 17th Lancers and Catherine Jones ( † February 13, 1914 ), the only daughter of William Jones of Henllys, Carmarthenshire. Their father was the son of John Kennedy - Erskine (1802-1831) of Dun and Augusta FitzClarence (1803-1865), the illegitimate daughter of King William IV and Dorothy Jordan. This in turn was the great-granddaughter Archibald Kennedy, 1st Marquess of Ailsa.

The area of Montrose, where the family seat of the Dun was, was the background of many of their stories. Violet heiratate on 27 October 1894 Arthur Otway Jacob, an Irish Major in the British army, and accompanied her husband to India, where it made ​​its service. The couple had a son, Harry ( * 1895), who fell as a soldier in World War I at the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Arthur Otway Jacob died in 1936, whereupon Violet came back from India to live in Kirriemuir, Angus.

In her poetry Violet Jacob was associated with the Scottish revivalists like Marion Angus, Alexander Gray and Lewis Spence from the Scottish Renaissance, which drew their inspiration more from the early Scottish poets such as Robert Henryson and William Dunbar as Robert Burns.

Your Diaries and letters from India are a good source for the cultural life of the English population in India in the late 19th and early 20th century, such as the life of Adela Florence Nicolson.


  • The Sheepstealers (1902 ) novel
  • The Interloper (1904 ) novel
  • The Golden Heart (1904 ) novel
  • Verses (1905 )
  • Irresolute Catherine ( 1908)
  • The History of Aythan Waring (1908 )
  • The Fortune Hunters and Other Stories (1910 )
  • Flemington (1911 ) Historical novel
  • Songs of Angus ( 1915) poetry
  • More songs of Angus and others (1918 ) poems
  • Bonnie Joan and other poems ( 1921)
  • Tales of my own country (1922 ) Short stories
  • The Northern Lights and other poems (1927 )
  • The good child's yearbook (1927 )
  • Lairds of Dun (1931 ) history
  • The Scottish poems of Violet Jacob ( 1944)
  • The Lum has and other stories: last tales of Violet Jacob ( 1982)
  • Diaries and letters from India 1895-1900 (1990 )