Sempil, Robert, [note] the son and successor of Sir James, is said, in the
Statistical Account, [note] to have been the author of the well-known Elegy on Habie Simpson, the Piper of Kilbarchan. [note]
Leyden, on the contrary, has ascribed it to
Mr. Hamilton of Gilbertfield,
well as the writer of the life of that poet, (see Part III. p. 98.) It
is not improbable, however, that Sempil was the real author, for
Kilbarchan is in the country of the Sempils.
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