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 Susan Edmonstone Ferrier (1782-1854) was a Scottish novelist who published three books: Marriage, The Inheritance and Destiny. Her work was largely popular, known for its racy humour and sharp-witted portrayals of its characters. She was a good friend of Sir Walter Scott and visited him often towards the end of his life at his home in Abbotsford.