Born in London to the Earl and Countess De La War, Lady Margaret Sackville was a poet and children’s author. Little is known about her early years, but at sixteen she was ‘discovered’ by the poet Wilfrid Scawen, who became a friend and admirer. During the First World War Sackville published ‘The Pageant of War’, a collection of anti-war poems that criticised women’s support of the war as betrayal of their sons. She spent much of her adult life in Midlothian and Edinburgh, where she was a member of the Whitehouse Terrace salon, a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and the first president of the Scottish PEN. In 1936 she moved to Cheltenham, where she lived until her death in 1963.