The silhouette - sharp and elegant - seems to suit Anne MacVicar particularly well. Sir Walter Scott described her as "a woman whose tongue and pen are rather overpowering". In 1779 she married the Reverend James Grant, minister of the parish of Laggan, in Inverness-shire. There she learned Gaelic and wrote frequent letters to her friends describing the habits of the local population. After her husband's death in 1801, she supported her eight children by writing about life in the Highlands, a subject that fascinated fashionable society at the time.