Editorial Reviews - Immigrants to Norway From the Publisher Excerpt: Barbara Elrington Douglas Arbuthnott (b. 12 September 1822, d. September 1904 in Sunndal) was born into a wealthy Scottish family. She was a well-known benefactor who was well versed in foreign languages. Her father, Colonel Sir Neil Douglas, (d. 1853) was ADC to the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo. In her youth, she studied Greek, Latin and German in Brussels (1831 - 1840) and she met Queen Victoria in 1842. On her fathers travels in the East she learnt Hindi. In London, she met among others, the famous violinist and theatre founder Ole Bull. She first married James Allen (1846 1849 died of cholera), then Neil Ferguson (died in the Crimean War). She came to Sunndal, Norway on her honeymoon with her third husband, Hon William Arbuthnott, son of 8th Viscount of Arbuthnott . They were divorced after her 20-year old son from her first marriage died, allegedly because she thought her husband had provoked an epileptic fit by quarrelling with her son, who then died at Fokstua coaching inn on September 15th 1868. She was renowned, among other things, for driving her sick son with a horse and wagon across Dovrefjell, trying to save his life. After her sons death she bought the farm Løken, which is now a local museum, called Leikvin. Then she cleared the land for a new farm, Elverhøy. She taught herself Norwegian, cohabited with the translator, Oluf Endresen from Sunndal, and was said to be extremely rich and very generous, giving magnificent parties for the bourgeoisie. She took an interest in the local health service and the local rifle club, founded a local library and was an agricultural pioneer. She brought poultry and swine of British quality to the valley, and she wrote books about chicken farming, The Henwife and The henwife her... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=24203967 Synopsis Excerpt: Barbara Elrington Douglas Arbuthnott (b. 12 September 1822, d.