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Mac Laurin, John, [note] Esq. (Lord Dreghorn.) “At a very early period of life he displayed a natural
turn for poetical composition, and among his schoolfellows was distinguished by the name of
the Poet. Indeed, he had not only an early, but a constant
attachment to the Muses, and it may therefore be thought surprising that he did not exert his
talents more than he has done, and that what he has written is chiefly upon local subjects,
and such as probably in these times will not please the republic of
letters.”— Life, prefixed to his works.
—It is not however so “surprising that he did not exert his talents
more,” for in all that he ever wrote under the name of poetry, it would be difficult
to discover the least trace of poetic fancy.