The Hon Mary Colville (1922–81) was the daughter of the Rt Hon John Colville MP (1894–1954), Baron Clydesmuir, who stood as a Scottish Unionist. Mary was part of a tranche of young authors who wrote pony books. Hers is one of the longer examples of the genre, though it follows the usual autobiography-of-a-pony plot. Plain Jane is the story of Blaese, a Shetland pony, and was illustrated by the author, who apparently had never had a drawing lesson but produced some pretty credible artwork nevertheless. The episodes described in the book which involve ponies were true.
Mary Colville married Captain North Edward Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton of Bargany, and under her married name of Mary Dalrymple Hamilton, wrote As Lovely As A Tree. A Pictorial Album Illustrating The Many Common Trees In The Old Scottish Garden Of Bargany, Ayrshire.
Finding the book
Reasonably easy to find though pricing can be erratic.
Sources and links
Dustjacket of Plain Jane
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