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Pet Marjorie was the name given to Marjorie Fleming, a Scottish child prodigy who died in 1811, aged 8, of measles. She was believed to be a distant relative of Sir Walter Scott, and her diary and poems were published posthumously. The diary, in particular, which she kept for the eighteen months before she died, was extremely popular in Victorian times.
She is buried in Abbotshall Kirkyard, Kirkcaldy, and a commemorative plaque in Braeburn. It is Inscribed:
"Pet Marjorie, 1803-1811, Marjorie Fleming wandered here, 'in rural felicity and pleasure' and praised it in her journal as a 'delightful place, Braehead by name, where there is ducks, hens, bubbly-jocks (old Scots word for a Turkey), 2 dogs, 2 cats, swine and which is delightful.'
- Portrait of Pet Marjorie
- Production date
- 136 x 98 mm
- HCPM 28th Feb, 1893
- Credit line
- Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Erica Cowan
- Accession no
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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