Laurie, Annie

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Laurie, Annie Gender: F
born on 16 December 1682 (greg.) at 06:00 (= 06:00 AM )
Place Thornhill, Scotland, 55n15, 3w46
Timezone LMT m3w46 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 24°48' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 16°14 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 26°51'


Scottish beauty, the subject of "Annie Laurie," an old Scottish song based on a poem by William Douglas (1672?–1748) of Dumfries and Galloway.

Anna/Anne/Annie was the youngest daughter of Robert Laurie, who became first baronet of Maxwellton in 1685. The legend says that her father opposed her planned marriage to William Douglas, a soldier in the Royal Scots who fought in Germany and Spain and rose to the rank of captain. This may have been because Anna was very young; she was only in her mid-teens when her father died. It may also have been because of Douglas's aggressive temperament or more likely because of his Jacobite allegiances.

Douglas recovered from his romance with Annie and eloped with a Lanarkshire heiress, Elizabeth Clerk of Glenboig. They married in Edinburgh in 1706.

In Edinburgh on 29 August 1709 Anna married Alexander Fergusson, 14th Laird of Craigdarroch. She lived at Craigdarroch for 33 years. Under her directions the present mansion of Craigdarroch was built, and a relic of her taste is still preserved in the formal Georgian gardens at the rear of the house.

Annie Laurie died on Saturday, 5 May 1764 [NS], at Friars' Carse, Dumfries-shire, Scotland. Portraits of her exist at Maxwelton and at Mansfield, the seat of the Stuart-Monteiths. A line from the song is "And dark blue is her e'e [eyes]." The portraits show that she had blue eyes.

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Stories behind some of Burns' songs and other Scottish songs" by Norman Watters and ‎Ann Watters (Pentland, 2000), p. 30: "Sir Robert Laurie was the first Baronet of the Maxwelton family, so created in 1685. His second wife, Jean, a daughter of Riddell of Minto, had three sons and four daughters, of whom Annie, the youngest, was much celebrated for her beauty. Her birth is recorded in the family register by her father, thus: 'At the pleasure of Almighty God, my daughter Anna, was born upon the 16th day of December 1682, about 6 o'clock in the morning, and was baptised by Mr George Hunter, minister of Glencairn.'"

The Astro-Databank Handbook states that Scotland adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1600.


  • Vocation : Beauty : Other Beauty (Muse)
  • Notable : Famous : Historic figure (Great beauty)