Catherine Sinclair (1800-1864) was a Scottish …

Catherine Sinclair (1800-1864) was a Scottish writer, the author of several novels and children’s books. She also engaged in extensive charitable work in her hometown of Edinburgh.

Her first published work was Modern Accomplishments, or the March of Intellect, a study of female education, in 1836. She is credited with discovering that Sir Walter Scott was the author of the anonymous Waverley novels – her memorial in Edinburgh is loosely modeled after the famous Scott Monument.