Photograph of Margaret Oliphant (1828-1897).
A Scottish novelist and historical writer, Margaret Oliphant often wrote under the name Mrs Oliphant.
In 1851, William Blackwood invited her to write for 'Blackwood's Magazine'. She contributed over 100 articles during her lifetime.
Oliphant also wrote 'Annals of a publishing house: William Blackwood and his sons' (1897), a three-volume record of the first 80 years of the Blackwood family publishing company.