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
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Part  VI:
Appendix
POETS — APPENDIX.83

LIFE OF DRUMMOND.— Part II. p. 129.
1

When the writer of this life ventured on the internal evidence afforded by the “Spectacle and Entertainment” exhibited at Edinburgh, on the visit of Charles the First, [note] to ascribe it to the pen of Drummond, he was, as he has stated, wholly unaware that any claim to this piece, on Drummond's part, had hitherto been offered. His attention, however, has been since directed to an extract, from a manuscript said to be preserved in the Library of the University of Edinburgh, inserted in the Edinburgh Magazine for 1774, which states expressly, that “all the speeches, with the pageants, were devised and composed by Mr. John Adamson, [note] Primar of the College, Mr. William Drummond of Hawthornden, and the Master of the High School, joined to a committee of the gravest and most understanding citizens and
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clerks.” He is glad to find his conjecture thus converted into certainty, nor is he afraid of suffering the judgement of the candid, for being uninformed of a fact which lay hid in so multifarious and unfrequented a repository as a provincial magazine.

2

While removing doubt from one claim, he must take the opportunity of bringing forward another; his oversight of which is perhaps less to be excused. He omitted to state, that Drummond is said to have been not more skilled in literature and poetry, than in the more profound studies of mathematics and mechanics. Mr. A. Campbell [note] mentions a patent for several mechanical inventions, which was granted to him, under the great seal, by Charles I. but does not specify where it is to be met with.