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Jeanie Deans

Jeanie Deans
The Heart of Midlothian character
Jeanie meets the Duke of Argyle in London
Created by Sir Walter Scott
Information
Species Human
Gender Female
Occupation Dairy farmer and housewife
Family Davie Deans (father)
Spouse(s) Reuben Butler (husband)
Significant other(s) The Laird of Dumbiedykes
Children David (son), Reuben (son), Euphemia (daughter)
Relatives Effie (Euphemia) Deans (sister)
Religion Christian, Cameronian
Nationality Scottish

Jeanie Deans is a fictional character in Sir Walter Scott's novel The Heart of Midlothian. She was one of Scott's most celebrated characters during the 19th century; she was renowned as an example of an honest, upright, sincere, highly religious person. She became so popular that her name was given to ships, railway locomotives, pubs and many other things.

When Jeanie Deans' sister, Effie, is wrongly convicted of murdering her own child, Jeanie travels, partly by foot, all the way to [6] who escapes to America, where he gets into trouble, joins a tribe of native Americans and is heard of no more. As Lady Staunton, Effie takes her place in London society but eventually retires to a French convent, much to her sister's disappointment at her relinquishing her father's religion.

Sir Walter Scott wrote in his introduction that he had learned the story from an unsigned, undated letter, whose writer had learned it in turn from a Mrs. Helen Lawson Goldie of Dumfries. The original of Jeanie Deans was Helen Walker, whose experience was more austere than the fiction Scott wrote. Helen Walker died in late 1791. Sir Walter Scott erected a monument at Helen Walker's grave in the parish of Irongray, about six miles from Dumfries.

Victorian sculpted tablet showing Scott's character on a public house named Jeanie Deans Tryste in Edinburgh

See also

References

  1. ^ Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818, (Edinburgh: Nelson [c.1900]), ch. XXVIII, pp. 355 & 359.
  2. ^ As above, ch. XXXVII, pp. 489-490.
  3. ^ As above, ch. XLII, p. 536. Scott mistakenly refers to Rosneath as an island. It is in fact a peninsula.
  4. ^ As above, ch. XLV, p. 579.
  5. ^ As above, ch. XVI, p. 588.
  6. ^ As above, ch. LII, pp. 664-666.

External links

  • http://www.walterscott.lib.ed.ac.uk/works/novels/midlothian.html
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