Lives of
Scottish Poets
edited by

Center for Applied Technologies
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Literary Chronicle
New Monthly Magazine
Monthly Review
Notes and Queries
Gibson and Laing
Halkett and Laing
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

Part  VI:

  Bannatyne, George, [note] the writer of, what has been so often mentioned, the Bannatyne MS., was himself a poet, though of humble pretensions. Several of his own pieces are included in the MS. The collection has the following title, “Ane most godlie, mirrie, and lustie rapsodie, maide be sundrie learned Scots poets, and written be George Bannatyne in the tyme of his youth.” Prefixed to it there is a poetical address of “the Wryttar to the Reidaris;” and at the conclusion another address, from which we learn, that a similar occasion led to the formation of this collection, as that which Boccacio [note] feigns to have given birth to the Decameron:

Heir endis this buik, written in tyme of pest,
Quhen we fra labor was compeld to rest,
Into the thre last monethis of this zeir
From oure Redimaris birth, to knaw it heir
Ane thousandth fyve hundreth threscore aucht,
Of this purpois na mair it neiddis be taucht:
Sua till conclude, God grant us all gude end,
And eftir deth eternall lyffe us send.

The MS. is in folio, and extends to above 700 pages. In 1623, it appears, from an inscription on one of the pages, to have been in the possession of a “Jacobus Foulis,” by whom, or some relation of his, it was presented to the Hon. William Carmichael; from him it descended to the Earl of Hyndford; and by that nobleman, it was in 1772 deposited in the Advocate's Library. Dr. Irving, [note] who now so worthily fills the situation which Ruddiman [note] and Hume [note] occupied before him, of keeper of that library, corrects a mistake into which Mr. Pinkerton [note] has been led in his account of this MS. While in some of the hands through which it passed, it had been bound up with two other manuscripts; one entitled “Ane Ballat Buik, written in the year of God 1558;” and the other, the well-known Song of the Redsquare. Mr. P. has described the whole of the three transcripts as forming the collection of Bannatyne; but his information, as he had the caution to state, and Dr. I. has the candour to repeat, “was furnished by a friend not versed in such matters.”