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[STODDART (Lady Isabella Moncrieff Wellwood)]. The Eskdale Herd Boy, A Scottish Tale. For the Instruction and Amusement of Young Persons. By Mrs. Blackford.1819

London: J. Harris and Son, First Edition, 12mo, engraved frontispiece (foxed) dated Octr. 10, 1819, some spotting of the text in places, 260 pp., modern boards, printed paper label. "The author was the eldest daughter of the Scottish Divine, the Reverend Sir Henry Montcrieff Wellwood. who received his early education at the parish school in Blackford, matriculated at the age of thirteen to the Glasgow University and returned to Blackford as the minister. It is doubtless because of this connection that the author chose her pseudonym, Mrs Blackford. She married Sir John Stoddart who became the Chief Justice of Malta. According to W. Carew Hazlitt, Lady Stoddart owed to Mary Lamb 'her earliest encouragement to cultivate the literary taste and capacity which she undoubtedly possessed in no mean degree.' " - Osborne. Moon, 827; Osborne, p. 943.

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