Elizabeth Cecilia Douglas Clephane

CLEPHANE, Elizabeth Cecilia Douglas. b. Edinburgh, 18 June 1830; d. Melrose, Roxburghshire, 19 February 1869. She was a daughter of Andrew Clephane, Sheriff Principal of Fife and Kinross. The family later moved to Melrose, in the Scottish Borders, where Clephane became renowned for her kindness and generosity to the poor: she is said to have sold her horses to provide relief for the poor. Between 1872 and 1874 eight of her hymns were published in The Family Treasury, a religious magazine, under the general heading of ‘Breathings on the Border’. The best known are ‘Beneath the cross of Jesus’* and ‘There were ninety and nine that safely lay’*. Presumably, after Clephane’s death at Melrose,...

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