Lives of Scottish Poets, with Portraits and Vignettes. Three volumes. [18-mo.]
|But he was of the North Countrie,|
A Nation fam'd for song.
Vignette Portrait of Burns, by W. T. Fry. Life of Robert Burns, 1st volume, pages 157 to 198, initialed A. S. The Appendix to the 3rd volume, page 73, contains a reference to the conduct of George Thomson to Burns, as noted in the 1st volume, page 182; also, a Letter from Edinensis to the Editor of The Lives of Eminent Scotsmen, dated, Argyle Square, Edinburgh, 29th December, 1821, defending Thomson from the charge of illiberality towards Burns.
The Lives of Scottish Poets professes to be written by the Society of Ancient Scots, but there was no such Society existing. The late David Laing, LL.D., was of opinion, that it was written chiefly, if not wholly, by a literary man, settled in London, of the name of Mudie, and the variety of initials to the different lives were a mere blind to mislead.