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She was a good friend of Lady Dalkeith, to whom Sir Walter Scott wrote soon after Lady Harriet's death, remarking, "Poor Lady Rosslyn is gone, with all the various talent and vivacity that rendered her society so delightful. I regret her loss the more, as she died without ever making up some unkindness she had towards me for these foolish politics. It is another example of the great truth, that life is too shore for the indulgence of animosity." Apparently, Lady Harriet had written to Scott taking offense to a song he had sung at a dinner for the acquitted Lord Melville; the song gave great offense to others of his friends as well. Lady Rosslyn’s ire was indeed considerable. Lady Bessborough wrote in August, 1808, to Lord Granville Leveson-Gower:
We dine again at the Rosslyns….Lady Rosslyn really would be very pleasant if it were not for her party violence, which exceeds everything I ever met with. She will not admit any of Walter Scott’s Poetry into the house, and in shewing me his cottage said ‘the Beast who us’d to live there and who I wish hanged’, and in passing Lord Melville’s park she leant back lest she should be obliged to bow to Mr. R. Dundas (a politician) and said, ‘I believe nothing will kill the old Devil; he ought to have been dead long ago’—‘and Damn’d,’ added Mr. Broughham.
The melody appears as "Lady Eshkin's reell" in the music manuscript collection of Spithope, Northumberland, musician John Robson , dated February, 1874.