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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CONTENTS
of
PART I.

page
James the First 1
Thomas the Rhymer 28
John Barbour 40
Andrew Wyntoun 46
Gavin Douglas 54
Allan Ramsay 70
William Meston 111
John Home 120
James Beattie 139
Robert Burns 157

PORTRAITS
in
PART I.


1. Robert Burns
2. James the First
3. Allan Ramsay
4. John Home
5. James Beattie

Vignette Melrose Abbey







PREFACE

1

In selecting from the biographical stores of the “Society of Ancient Scots,” the present collection of “Lives of Scottish Poets,” the Editor has proceeded on the plan of including not only all Scotsmen, who have cultivated poetry with success; but all who, though less fortunate in their endeavours, have had at least the merit of aspiring to excel in so honorable a path to distinction, and who must therefore be consi-
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dered as more or less connected with the poetical history of their country.

2

With a few exceptions, the lives of the more eminent poets are narrated at length, and the merits of their productions critically discussed. In a Supplement, which concludes the work, will be found briefer notices of those of a minor rank, as also of others, who, though distinguished for occasional displays of poetic talent, have possessed it in subordination to some other excellence, by which they have become better known to the world.

3

The Editor cannot feel certain that names may not have been overlooked, which ought in justice to have found a place in such a collection; but he believes it will be found
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to contain as complete an enumeration of the Poets of Scotland, and as ample information respecting their history and works, as has been yet presented to the public.

London, March 25, 1822.