Robert Fergusson


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Fergusson, Robert

 

Born Sept. 15, 1750, in Edinburgh; died there Oct. 16, 1774. Scottish poet.

Fergusson, who graduated from St. Andrews University, wrote in both English and Scottish Gaelic. He played a conspicuous part in the attempt of Scottish intellectuals of his day to revive their native language as a literary medium. His poems, known for their humor, unaffectedness, picturesque folk scenes, and festive color, exercised a marked influence on R. Burns. Among them are “Leith Races,” “The Farmer’s Ingle,” “The Daft Days,” and “Address to the Tron Kirk Bell.”

WORKS

The Poems of Robert Fergusson, vols. 1–2. Edinburgh–London, 1954–56.
The Unpublished Poems of Robert Fergusson. Edinburgh, 1955.
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