- (1782-1810)Scottish poet, born of humble parents at Glasgow. Educated in one of the academies at Glasgow and at Glasgow University, he proved to be a distinguished student, thought to border on genius. In 1802 he published Wallace, or the Vale of Ellerslie, and Other Poems, with a second edition with some additions in 1804. In 1808 he published Scottish Historical and Romantic Ballads, Chiefly Ancient, with Explanatory Notes and a Glossary; Sir Walter Scott greatly admired the beauty of the Scottish ballads. He also published an edition of Robert Blair's The Grave, wrote a life of Cervantes, and superintended an edition of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations. His life was cut short by a sudden illness at Moffat, where he is buried. At his death he was collecting materials for a continuation of Warton's History of Poetry (1774-1781).Sources: Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. Historical Perspective for Moffat (Dumfries and Galloway) (http://www.geo.ed.ac.uk/scotgaz/towns/townhistory358.html). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org).
British and Irish poets. A biographical dictionary. William Stewart. 2015.
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