Lives of
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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:

  Maitland, John, Lord Thirlstane, [note] was the second son of Sir Richard Maitland, the poet and collector of poetry, and born about 1537. In 1567 he succeeded his father in the office of Privy Seal, but in 1570 was deprived of it, on account of his attachment to Queen Mary. In 1581 he was made a senator of the College of Justice; in 1584 Secretary of State to James VI.; and in 1585 Lord Chancellor of Scotland. In 1589 he attended James on his matrimonial excursion to Norway, and passing the winter at Denmark, became intimately acquainted with Tycho Brahe. [note] On his return with the king to Scotland, he was created Lord Maitland of Thirlstane. He died of a lingering illness on the 4th of October, 1595, and was much regretted by his sovereign, who honoured his memory with the following epitaph:

Thou, passenger! that spies, with gazing eyes,
This trophie sad of Death's triumphant dart,
Consider, when this outward tombe then sees,
How rare a man leaves here his earthly part,
His wisdom and his uprightness of heart,
His piety, his practice of our state,
His quick ingine, so vast in every art,
As equally not all were in debate:
Thus justly hath his death brought forth a tale,
An heavy grief in prince and subjects all,
That virtue love, and vice do bear at hate,
Though vicious men rejoyces at his fall.
So for himself most happy doeth he die,
Though for his prince it may unhappy be.

Lord Thiristane is spoken of by all his contemporaries as a man of eminent abilities, and most amiable disposition. He wrote several Latin epigrams, which have been published in the second volume of the “Deliciæ Poetarum Scotorum.” [note] Bishop Montague, [note] the editor of King James's works, also ascribes to his pen some lines, entitled “De Classe Hispaniæ; interpretatio carminis à Serenisimo Rege Scotiæ Conscripti;” but Gassendi [note] has claimed them for Tycho Brahe, a copy of them having been found among his papers, with the initials of his name affixed. In his native language, Lord Thirlstane wrote a satire “against Slanderis Tongues,” and “An Admonition to the Regent, Mar,” both of which have been published by Mr. Pinkerton. [note]