Violet Jacob, née Kennedy-Erskine, is one of the most appealing and most enduringly popular of the Scots-writing lyric poets of the early twentieth century. She was of the Erskine family which had held the lands of Dun, between Brechin and Montrose in the county of Angus, since the fifteenth century: her father was the 18th and her brother the 19th Laird; and an important work of her later life was The Lairds of Dun (1931), a history of the family and the people on their estate. In 1894 she married Arthur Otway Jacob, an army officer, and travelled with him to India: her life there is described with keen observation in her diaries and some early poems. The only child of the marriage, a son named Harry who was born in 1896, lost his life on the Somme in 1916: a simple poem in his memory,…

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Citation: McClure, J. Derrick. "Violet Jacob". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 October 2004 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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