|158||LIVES OF EMINENT SCOTSMEN.|
Rennie, John, [note] was the author of a volume of miscellaneous poems, and another of pastorals, both of which
reached a second edition. He wrote the well known song of
“The Post Captain,” and many other ditties of very unequal merit.
When he first became known in London, he filled the humble situation of butler to Mr. Allardice, of Allardice. His songs introduced him to the
ance of the players; and from his readiness in penning a stave, he
became a sort of rhyming hack to the theatres, fell into dissipated habits, and was left, by those
he had helped to celebrity, to die in distress. An affecting circumstance attended his funeral. As
his remains were carrying out of the house where he died, a couple of ballad singers were
delighting the crowd with one of his favourite songs. It was to Rennie,
that “The Thorn” was indebted for the additional verse, beginning,
| “Then I show'd her the ring, and implor'd her to marry,” &c.