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Violet Jacob

Violet Jacob

Violet Jacob, nee Kennedy-Erskine, (1863-1946) was born at the family home at Dun near Montrose on the north-east coast of Scotland, where her family had lived since the fifteenth-century. In 1894 she married Arthur Jacob, an Irish officer serving in the British Army. They lived in India for four years, where she recorded her experiences in journals and diaries, and begun her first novel, The Sheepstealers. Violet returned to England when her husband was called to South Africa: apart from a spell together in Egypt they lived together in garrison towns in England. After the success of The Sheepstealers, Jacob continued to write novels and short stories.