Anne Murray, Lady Halkett (c. 1622/3-1699)
Edinburgh before the later 18th century, watercolor by Frances Nicholson (1753-1844)1
The Autobiography of Anne Murray, Lady Halkett
- John Gough Nichols's Preface (pp. i-xxi)
- Anne Halkett's and Simon Couper's prefaces
- Anne Murray's childhood and adolescence; her relationship with her mother (pp. 1-3)
- She acquiesces in Thomas Howard's pursuit of her, and is later humiliated by his disregard and marriage to someone else (pp. 3-19)
- She helps Joseph Bampfield rescue the young James, Duke of York (pp. 19-24)
- She bethroths herself to Joseph Bampfield, 8 months of living together as married couple (?) (pp. 24-27)
- Her brother Will banished from Stuart court, dies; Bampfield in hiding and then imprisoned (pp. 27-30)
- In danger in London, she goes to live with Anne Howard in Cumberland (pp. 30-36)
- Her reputation now damaged, she's sexually harassed and distrusted, but cannot determine where to go (pp. 36-52)
- Her brother-in-law duels with Bampfield; she resolves to obey Bampfield's advice to join friends in Scotland (pp. 52-56)
- Fife: she prevails upon Charles II to show her affectionate respect; accepted as a member of the Earl of Dunfermline's household, she heads further north (pp. 56-62)
- Anne nurses soldiers wounded at Dunbar (pp. 62-64)
- Bampfield comes to Fyvie to renew their relationship; they agree to live apart until they have incontrovertible proof his wife is dead (pp. 64-66)
- Nearly two years at Fyvie, Aberdeen (pp. 66-72)
- Edinburgh: Anne intrigues with Scots Royalists (on behalf of Bampfield?); she begins a lawsuit, meets James Halkett (pp. 72-77)
- She leaves to visit Anne Howard; Bampfield intercepts her in Roxburghe, and persuades her to return to Edinburgh (pp. 77-78)
- Anne becomes Sophia Moray's companion; she tells James Halkett she's bethrothed to Bampfield (pp. 78-79)
- Amid Royalist politicking and plans, Sophia Moray dies so Anne Murray must move to separate lodgings; now Bampfield heads further north (pp. 80-84)
Alone and confronted by Halkett with documentary evidence that Bampfield's wife is alive, she acknowledges her "misfortune", (pp. 84-86)
- Anne enables Alexander and Anna Mackenzie Lindsay to escape and tries to save their books from destruction; another period of psychosomatic illness (pp. 86-88)
- She gradually recovers; wooed by James Halkett, she agrees to become his two daughters' governess (pp. 88-90)
- Halkett persuades Anne to hear arguments she can marry him with her mind at ease; gradually she agrees she might do so if first she goes to London to rid herself of her debt (pp. 90-95)
- London: her sister welcomes her; she is arrested for debt; visited by Bampfield, she ends relationship by giving a false impression he pretends to believe (pp. 95-100)
- She borrows money to settle a large part of her debt, marries Halkett, and resumes close relationship with his youngest daughter (pp. 100-105)
- Edinburgh: through her connection to Margaret Howard Boyle, she attempts to help Halkett avoid serving in Cromwell's government (pp. 105-107)
- Meditations (pp. 109-116)
- "Lady Anne Halkett" (1621[?]-1699): Diarist, Autobiographer, Political Writer, Woman of letters.
Active 1644-1699 in England, Britain, Europe. By Suzanne Trill, University of Edinburgh. The Literary Encyclopedia. 15 Nov. 2004. The Literary Dictionary Company. 20 April 2006.
- A Memoir of Lady Anna Mackenzie, Countess of Balcarres and Afterwards of Argyll (c.1621-1706) by Alexander Lord Lindsay, Master of Crawford and Balcarres. Edinburgh: Edmonston and Douglas, 1868.
1 Topographical views of Edinburgh are rare before the middle of the eighteenth century. So I hope this later view of the city can still be suggestive of something of what Edinburgh was when Anne Murray arrived there.
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