At the Circulating Library Author Information: Sophie Frances Fane Veitch

Author: Sophie Frances Fane Veitch (born 1839)

Alternate Name(s): J. A. St. John Blythe (pseudonym)

Biography: Sophie Frances Fane Veitch was born in 1839 in Sopley, Hampshire, the daughter of William Douglas Veitch and Eleanor Rait. Her father came from an old Dumfries family and served as the rector of St. Thomas, Winchester, the chaplain to the Bishop of Jerusalem (from 1843), and curate of St. Saviour's Parish, Paddington (1862–1877). Veitch began her literary career writing the text to accompany a series of illustrations by a German missionary, Views in Central Abyssina (1868). She followed this with ten novels, the first handful written under the pseudonym "J. A. St. John Blythe." In addition, she published stories in the periodicals Churchman's Shilling Magazine and Temple Bar. By 1881, she was living in Dumfries where she married, at age 45 years, a prosperous farmer James Brown in 1884. She died sometime in the 1920s.

References: Allibone; British Census (1851); Burke; Scotland Census (1881; 1901); Times (8 September 1884); William Wilson, Folklore and Genealogies of Uppermost Nithsdale (1904)

Fiction Titles:

  1. Wise as a Serpent.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1869.
  2. Wife or Slave.  3 vol.  London: Bentley, 1872.
  3. Monksford: A Tale of Much Talking.  3 vol.  London: Samuel Tinsley, 1879.
  4. Angus Graeme, Gamekeeper.  2 vol.  London: Alexander Gardner, 1883.
  5. James Hepburn, Free Church Minister.  2 vol.  London: Alexander Gardner, 1887.
  6. The Dean's Daughter: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Alexander Gardner, 1888.
  7. Duncan Moray, Farmer: A Novel.  2 vol.  London: Alexander Gardner, 1890.
  8. Margaret Drummond, Millionaire.  3 vol.  London: A. and C. Black, 1893.