Lady Elizabeth Wardlaw

(Elizabeth Halkett)

1677 - 1727

Poetess. The daughter of Sir Charles Halkett of Pitfirrane (Fife), Wardlaw married Sir Henry Wardlaw of Pitreavie in 1696. She is believed to have written the 'ancient' ballad of Hardyknute (1719), set in Fairlie Castle (North Ayrshire). Wardlaw controversially claimed to have discovered this work in Dunfermline, but the original manuscript was never produced and it had been ascribed to her by the middle of the 18th century. The ballad of Sir Patrick Spens and others have also been attributed to her, although this is less likely.

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