Lives of
Scottish Poets
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Part I. (Volume I.)
Front-matter
James the First
Thomas the Rhymer
John Barbour
Andrew Wyntoun
Gavin Douglas
Allan Ramsay
William Meston
John Home
James Beattie
Robert Burns

Part II. (Volume I.)
Front-matter
James the Fifth
William Dunbar
Sir James Inglis
Henry the Minstrel
Sir David Lyndsay
Alexander Barclay
Alexander Montgomerie
William Alexander
William Drummond
James Thomson
John Oswald

Part III. (Volume II.)
Front-matter
James the Sixth
Sir Richard Maitland
Arthur Johnston
Hamilton of Bangour
Hamilton of Gilbertfield
Samuel Colvil
Alexander Ross
John Armstrong
John Ogilvie
James Macpherson
Charles Salmon

Part IV. (Volume II.)
Front-matter
Alexander Hume
John Bellenden
Mark Alexander Boyd
Ninian Paterson
William Wilkie
Robert Fergusson
William Julius Mickle
Alexander Geddes
James Grahame

Part V. (Volume III.)
Front-matter
Robert Henryson
Alexander Scott
Walter Kennedy
John Ogilby
Alexander Pennecuik
Alexander Cunningham
David Mallet
William Falconer
Francis Garden
Robert Blair
James Moor
James Graeme
Caleb Whitefoord
James Grainger
Hector Macneill
John Wilson

Part VI. (Volume III.)
Front-matter
Robert Kerr
Richard Lord Maitland
Thomas Hamilton
Charles Hamilton
Michael Bruce
Thomas Blacklock
John Logan
Andrew Macdonald
James Mercer

Appendix. (Volume III.)
James I
Allan Ramsay
John Home
Robert Burns
William Drummond
Robert Fergusson
Alexander Scott
John Wilson
Index
Corrections

The Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature (1882-88) was compiled by two Scottish librarians, Samuel Halkett and John Lang. Their entry for Lives of Scottish Poets is sourced to the Advocates' Library in Edinburgh, where Halkett had been keeper from 1848. The attribution to “Joseph Robertson” has been widely adopted by cataloguers, though it seems worthless since no particular Joseph Robertson is specified.

My best guess is that the intended reference is to Joseph Clinton Robertson (1788-1852), the “Sholto Percy” of the Percy Anecdotes (1821-23) published, like the Lives, by the firm of T. Boys. Robertson, though a London journalist, was born in Scotland and may well have been involved with the project.
Samuel Halkett, John Laing.
A Dictionary of the Anonymous and Pseudonymous Literature of Great Britain.
Edinburgh: 1883.
Vol. II. pp. 1501-02.

Lives of Scottish Poets, by the Society of Ancient Scots, re-established A. D. 1770. [By Joseph Robertson.] 3 volumes.
London 1821-22. Duodecimo.* [Adv. Lib.]