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

Part  VI:
Supplement
112LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.
1

  Campbell, Kenneth, [note] a native of the Highlands was the author of some Latin poems, now forgotten; but claims a place in our list, on account of the very poetical manner of his death, and of the singularly characteristic memorial which has preserved to us a knowledge of its affecting circumstances. He died in London, in a state of such extreme destitution, that on searching his pockets after his death; it was found that he had lived on till he had but one halfpenny left. Some brother scholar, probably too poor to erect a tablet over the remains of his departed friend, consoled himself, by having engraved upon the halfpenny the following appropriate inscription:—

2

Kennethus Campbell, Scoto Montanus, Poeta Romanus, celeberrimus; poeticè pauperime sed hilariter vixit: Tandemque hoc obolo tantum locuples; ex Londino, migravit in Elysium, 28 Kal. Julii, 1721.”

POETS — SUPPLEMENT.113
Kenneth Campbell,
A native of the Scottish Highlands,
and
Celebrated Latin Poet,
Poor yet cheerful;
He lived poetically,
At length, with this halfpenny enriched,
He migrated from London to Elysium,
28 July, 1721.
3

This interesting coin had been seen by a correspondent of Ruddiman's Magazine, who has written some indifferent lines on the subject, inserted in that work, vol. xxi. p. 241; but he does not state in whose hands it was.