Wilson, Gavin, [note] poet laureat to the lodge of St. David's. “I knew Gavin
Wilson; he was an honest merry fellow, and a good boot, leather-leg, arm, and hand
maker, but as sorry a poetaster as ever tried a couplet.”— A. Campbell. [note] —He published, in 1788, a collection of his poetical per-
formances, under the title of
“A Collection of Masonic Songs and entertaining Anecdotes for the use of all the
Lodges.” In a rhyming preface, addressed to the courteous reader, he speaks,
himself, very contemptuously of his productions, and as an excuse for publishing them, pleads the
importunity of his friends.
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| “You are inquisitive, no doubt, |
How this odd fancy comes about,
That old unletter'd leather-toaster
Should now commence a poetaster;
For to a more deserving name,
His mean productions found no claim,” &c.