Highland Jessie Campbell

First appears in the April 10th issue, a Scottish girl described thus: "a young and frank-looking girl of some twenty years of age--her face pale with anxiety, but a look of courage and determination in her blue eyes that was a joy to see--brought a soldier's musket to the charge and stood resolutely on the defensive. Her dress was picturesque, for she wore a foraging cap with a gold band and tassel, from beneath which, in long wavy masses, escaped her fair hair, which was of that beautiful colour called golden in the north, and upon which the light from the Hindoo's torch shone as if there were literally threads of gold interwoven among it. A scarf of tartan was wound tightly about her, and set off her fine figure to advantage. Her atititude combined grace with dignity; and there was a chivalric courage about her, as she there stood with the musket at the charge, and the bayonet gleaming in the flickering light from the Hindoo's torch, that would have won the admiration of a painter." Jessie reveals that she is the daughter of a soldier. She in in love with Donald.

Originally, a pseudohistorical character well known in late 1857 and throughout 1858. A fraudulent 'letter to the Editor', printed in several British, Irish, and American newspapers claimed that this fiancee or wife of a Highlander fighting in India had clairvoyantly predicted Havelock's capture of Lucknow from the Sepoys. The story was rapidly discredited, but informed many imaginative representations, including Rymer's penny dreadful and Dion Boucicault's play Highland Jessie, which opened in New York's Wallack Theatre in February 1858; the month of Rymer's serial's first instalment's publication.