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C) Image from Robert Fergusson 'Poems'. Edinburgh: Walter and Thomas Ruddiman, 1773.

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C) Title-page from Robert Fergusson Poems, Edinburgh, 1773

Introduction:
This autographed dedicatory poem is by Fergusson and is to Gavin Wilson, a cobbler who also wrote poetry. This is on the first edition of Fergusson's first book. In all, Fergusson left behind about eighty poems in English and Scots, the best of which can stand beside those of Burns. In an inscription in his copy of Fergusson's Poems Burns called him: 'My elder brother in misfortune/By far my elder brother in the muse.'
Image Rights Holder:
National Library of Scotland
Ref:
16068
Project:
748:Treasures: National Library of Scotland
Material:
Book
Dimensions:
197 x 171mm
What:
C) Image from Robert Fergusson 'Poems'. Edinburgh: Walter and Thomas Ruddiman, 1773.
Subject:
From the Middle Ages to the present day Scottish literature and music has been affected by outside influences and how those outsiders have received Scottish work. The most noticeable change is the move from Latin or French to works in broad Scots or English.
Who:
T. & W. Ruddiman (printer)
Robert Fergusson (author)
Gavin Wilson (dedicatee)
Robert Burns (associated)
When:
1773 (date written)
Where:
The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh
Background:
From the Middle Ages to the present day Scottish literature and music has been affected by outside influences and how those outsiders have received Scottish work. The most noticeable change is the move from Latin or French to works in broad Scots or English.
Description:
Fergusson was born in Edinburgh in 1750. He displayed poetical and academic talent from an early age, and studied at St Andrews University between 1765 and 1768. Returning to Edinburgh, he could not decide on any settled career, but became socially very successful, writing journalism and poetry. However, he increasingly lived to excess, and died in an Edinburgh madhouse in 1774 at the age of 24.