Anna (Nan) Shepherd was a woman who lived from 1893 to 1981. She graduated from her local university in 1915 and worked as an English lecturer for the next forty-one years, owing to her strong ties to Aberdeen and her native Deeside. She was an avid gardener and hill walker who frequented the Cairngorms with students and friends. She also traveled further afield, visiting Norway, France, Italy, Greece, and South Africa, but she always returned to the house where she was raised and spent practically her entire adult life, in the community of West Cults on North Deeside, three miles from Aberdeen. Nan Shepherd's face was placed to the Royal Bank of Scotland five-pound note in 2016 to honor her legacy.