Lives of
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Literary Chronicle
New Monthly Magazine
Monthly Review
Notes and Queries
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Scottish Notes & Queries

Part I. (Volume I.)
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.)
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.)
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.)
Alexander Hume
John Bellenden
Mark Alexander Boyd
Ninian Paterson
William Wilkie
Robert Fergusson
William Julius Mickle
Alexander Geddes
James Grahame

Part V. (Volume III.)
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.)
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

Notes and Queries was founded in 1849 by the antiquary William John Thoms (1803-1885) and is still published today. It appeared weekly and devoted considerable attention to literary matters. That none of its numerous subscribers could supply information on the Lives of Scottish Poets indicates that the ruse of the Society of Ancient Scots worked effectively; so far from being common knowledge, its list of contributors was, contrary to usual practice, successfully kept as a secret.
Notes and Queries
Series 3. Vol. VII. April 29, 1865.
p. 341.

The Society of Ancient Scots.

The Society of Ancient Scots.Is the above society still in existence? It was stated to have been established time out of mind, and about the year 1820 published, in half-a-crown parts, several volumes of most excellent biographies of eminent Scotchmen.


[The Lives of the Scottish Poets, published by T. Boys of Ludgate Hill in 1821-22, and said to be by the Society of Ancient Scots re-established a.d. 1770, made Six Parts, or three volumes. The Society was probably located in the city of London.]

Notes and Queries
Series 5. Vol. II. 31 November 1874.
p. 88.

The Society of Ancient Scots.

This Society existed in 1821, and edited Lives of the Scottish Poets, 3 vols. 18mo. To the different lives are merely noted initials, as follows:

W. A.B. T.E. W.R. K.R. C.C. C.R. H.D. B.BG.Mn.J. B.J. R.E. L.W. M.D. C.S. Y.G. G.T. M.C. H.M. M.A. S. J. L.H. B.B. T.E. M.P. B.P. R.J. E.E. B.H. S.A. T.J. M.T. C.H. S.A. T.A. R.R. M.D. R.N. J.W. C.R. F.J. G.W. W.W. O.A. C.G. R.D. S.W. B.J. H.P. B.T. McN.

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