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James the First
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Allan Ramsay
William Meston
John Home
James Beattie
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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

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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

Part  VI:

  Adamson, Henry, [note] “student of divine and human learning,” wrote, The Muses Threnodie, or mirthful mournings on the death of Mr. Gall. Printed at Edinburgh, in King James's College, by George Anderson, 1638.” His father, James Adamson, was Dean of Guild of Perth, at the time of the Gowry conspiracy, in 1600, and promoted to be provost in 1610 and 1611. Henry, the poet, died about a year after the publication of the “Threnodie.” He was known to, and esteemed by, Drummond of Hawthornden, through whose importunity, as appears from the following address to the reader, he was induced to make his public appearance as an author.


“Courteous reader,
“It is not amisse then be a little informed concerning the persons of the defunct (Mr. Gall), and the mourner (Mr. Ruthven.) The poet wrote this for his own exercise, and the recreation of his friends; and this piece, though accomplished to the great contentment of many that read and heard it, yet could not the author be induced to let it thole the press, till the importunity of many learned men urged him to it; and the last brash (effort) was made by a letter of the prime poet of our kingdom, whereof this is the just copy.


“‘To my worthy friend, Mr. Henry Adamson.
“‘These papers of your mournings on Mr. Gall appear unto me as Alcibiades Sileni, which ridiculously look with the faces of sphinxes, chimeras, centaurs, on their outsides, but inwardlie containe rare artifice and rich jewels of all sorts for the delight and weal of man. They may deservedly bear the word non intus ut extra. Your two champions, noble zanys, discover to us many of the antiquities of this country, more of your ancient town of Perth, setting downe her situation, founders, her huge colosse or bridge, walls, fosses, aqueducts, fortifications, temples, and other singularities. Happy hath Perth been in such a citizen; not so other towns of this kingdom, by want of so diligent a searcher and preserver of their fame from oblivion. Some muses neither to themselves nor to others do good, nor delighting nor instructing. Yours inform
both, and longer to conceal them, will be to wrong your Perth of her due honours, who deserveth no less of you than that she should be thus blazoned and registrate to posterity, and to defraud yourself of a monument, which, after you have left this transitory world, shall keep your name and memory to after times. This shall be preserved by the towne of Perth, for her own sake first, and after for yours; for to her it hath been no little glory, that she hath brought forth such a citizen, so eminent in love to her, so dear to the muses.

W. D.”

“‘ Edinburgh, 12 th July, 1637.’”

Mr. Cant, [note] in his Topographical History of Perth, has republished the “Threnodie” of Adamson, and illustrated it with many valuable notes; but Mr. C.'s work is itself extremely rare.