Isabella Mary Scott Gibson

ABOUT

  • BORN:
    1786
    Edinburgh, Scotland
  • DIED:
    1838
  • RESIDENCE
    Edinburgh, Scotland
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COMPOSITIONS


Dark Lochnagar
Written in: 1841   Performed by: Frances M Lynch
The song talks of a longing for Scotland which Somerville may have felt while she lived in London, particularly during her first Marriage, and possibly her final years in Italy. The composer is said to be a distant relative of Sir Walter Scotts (whom Somerville knew), and of course Lord Byron who wrote the lyrics was father to her mathematics pupil, Ada! Both women lived in Edinburgh at the same time, and given Somerville's fame it seems likely the composer would have known and admired her.