Lives of
Scottish Poets
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DAVID HILL RADCLIFFE

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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
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Part  VI:
Supplement
POETS — SUPPLEMENT.91
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  Alves, Robert, [note] was born at Elgin in 1745. He was educated at Aberdeen, and, in 1766, took the degree of M.A. He was designed for the church, but, from want of patronage or of talents sufficiently popular, sunk into the situation of a parochial teacher, first at Deskford, and afterwards at Banff. In 1779, he removed to Edinburgh, where he subsisted for several years by teaching the Greek, Latin, French, and Italian languages. In 1782, he sent to the London Press a volume of Miscellaneous Poems, which met with such success as encouraged him to produce a second in 1789,
92LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.
entitled,
“Edinburgh, a poem, in two parts; also the Weeping Bard, in sixteen cantos.” In these works much genius is not to be discovered; but they bear the impression of a cultivated mind, and much poetical susceptibility. The author complains of a “wayward fate;” and it is not to be estimated how far that may have cramped his efforts to excel. In 1784, he began a work, entitled, “Sketches of a History of Literature,” and it was in the press when he died, on the 1st of January, 1794. It was afterwards published by his friend, the late Dr. Alexander Chapman. [note] The plan of this work is excellent, but it is extremely inaccurate in its details.