Evening talk on Violet Jacob

The Gateway to the Glens Museum will host a talk by Sheila Mann, a volunteer from the House of Dun, on Violet Jacob, the Angus poetess and novelist.

The talk will take place on Wednesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. to complement the display on her works at the Kirriemuir museum.

The daughter of the late Captain Erskine of Dun, Montrose, Violet married in 1894, Major Otway Jacob, late of the 20th Hussars. She spent many years in India where she developed a talent for painting. Her pictures of rare Indian plants are treasured in Edinburgh Botanic Gardens Library and a number of them have been reproduced for the display.

In 1944 the publication of The Scots Poems of Violet Jacob gave great pleasure to the wide circle of readers of her works. The book contains 95 poems, all in the vernacular, and the variety of themes displays, not only her versatility, but her intimate knowledge of homely Scottish life, particularly in Angus and Mearns.

Among the most popular of Mrs Jacob’s verses are The Songs of Angus, published in 1915 and More Songs of Angus published in 1918.

Other publications included The History of Aythan Waring, The Fortune Hunters, Flemington, Bonnie Joann, Tales of my Ain Country, The Northern Lights, The Good Child’s Year Book and The Lairds of Dun.

Violet Jacob was a real lover of the country and retired to live in Kirriemuir in 1937. She “was never so happy as when tramping through the Angus countryside, clad in homespun tweeds and suede jerkin”.

The display can be viewed during the museum’s opening hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Tuesday to Saturday. Admission is free.