World Library  
Flag as Inappropriate
Email this Article

Jeanie Deans

Article Id: WHEBN0034437851
Reproduction Date:

Title: Jeanie Deans  
Author: World Heritage Encyclopedia
Language: English
Subject: Jeanie Deans (poem), The Heart of Midlothian, The Journal of Sir Walter Scott, Walter Scott, Jeanie Deans (song)
Publisher: World Heritage Encyclopedia

Jeanie Deans

Jeanie Deans
The Heart of Midlothian character
Jeanie meets the Duke of Argyle in London
Created by Sir Walter Scott
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


  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

This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002.
Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles.
By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization.

Copyright © World Library Foundation. All rights reserved. eBooks from Project Gutenberg are sponsored by the World Library Foundation,
a 501c(4) Member's Support Non-Profit Organization, and is NOT affiliated with any governmental agency or department.