Lives of
Scottish Poets
edited by

Center for Applied Technologies
in the Humanities

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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:

  Gall, Richard, [note] was born at Linkhouse, near Dunbar, in 1776. His father was a Notary Public, but being in circumstances far from affluent, was unable to give his son more than the most ordinary education. At an early age, Richard was bound apprentice to Mr. David Ramsay, [note] Printer in Edinburgh. On the conclusion of his apprenticeship, Mr. Ramsay employed him as traveller for the Edinburgh Evening Courant newspaper, of which he was proprietor; and the greater leisure afforded by this change, as well as the better society into which it introduced him, favoured the developement of a taste for poetry and literature which he had from his boyhood displayed. Among the eminent men of genius, whom he had now the honour to rank among his friends, were three of time greatest poets of their age, Burns, Macneil, and Campbell; [note] but while making rapid advances to be their rival in reputation, he was seized with a fatal and lingering illness, of which he expired on the 10th of May, 1801, in the twenty-fifth year of his age. About twenty years after, his productions were collected and published with a Memoir of his Life, prefixed. The longest is a poem in three cantos, descriptive of the romantic scenery to be seen from “Arthur's Seat,” near Edinburgh, and of the reflections, which the many interesting objects it embraces are fitted
to call up. Many of its passages are distinguished by great tenderness and beauty, and throughout the whole, a fine vein of poetic feeling predominates. The
“Tint Quey,” which follows, is a tale of very considerable humour. The rest of the volume is made up of short lyrical pieces, of which it is no small praise to say, that several of them have been ascribed to Burns. The “Farewell to Ayrshire,” in particular, has been actually published in Dr. Currie's [note] edition of Burns's works, as one of the genuine effusions of that bard. The mistake is at the same time satisfactorily explained. The poem was sent by Gall himself to the Scots Poetical Museum with Burns's name affixed to it, in the hope that it would by that means, excite a degree of attention which it might otherwise fail to produce.