Jean Elliot

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Jean Elliot (1727 - March 29, 1805) was a Scottish poet, daughter of Sir Gilbert Elliot of Minto.

She has a small niche in literature as the author of The Flowers of the Forest, a beautiful ballad published anonymously around 1755, which begins "I've heard the lilting at our yowe-milking."

Another ballad with the same title beginning, "I've seen the smiling of fortune beguiling" was written by Alicia Rutherford.

This article incorporates public domain text from: Cousin, John William (1910). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London, J.M. Dent & sons; New York, E.P. Dutton.

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