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Alexander MacDonald

Alexander MacDonald  

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Poet: b. Dalilea; lives at Ardnamurchan, Arisaig. Ais‐eridh na Sean Chánain (Resurrection of the Ancient Scottish Tongue) 1751, Birlinn Chlann Ragnahill (The Birlinn of Clan Ranald), Ode to Summer, ...
Alexander Ross

Alexander Ross  

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(1699–1784)Scottish poet and schoolmaster, born on Deeside and educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen, author of The Fortunate Shepherdess (1768), later called Helenore, a lengthy pastoral poem in ...
Allan Ramsay

Allan Ramsay  

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(1684–1758)Scottish poet, born in Leadhills, Lanarkshire, who came to Edinburgh where he spent most of his life. He was a wig-maker, then a bookseller, and an important figure in ...
Cotter's Saturday Night

Cotter's Saturday Night  

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A poem by Burns, published 1786.
France: the ‘Auld Alliance’

France: the ‘Auld Alliance’  

The French connection, often whimsically known as the ‘Auld Alliance’, was an intermittent phenomenon but in the three centuries or so after 1296, it operated in four main areas: warriors ...
Gavin Douglas

Gavin Douglas  

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(1474?–1522) Scottish poet and bishopThe Palice of Honour (1535) PoetryThe Palice of Honour (1535) Poetry
Henry the Minstrel

Henry the Minstrel  

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(?1440–?92),a half‐legendary Scottish poet, who wrote The Wallace, one of the most famous of all Scots poems, of about 12,000 lines in heroic couplets, which concerns the martial feats of Wallace, ...
Highland

Highland  

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An administrative region of Scotland, created in 1973 from the counties of Caithness, Nairn, Sutherland, Inverness (except the Outer Hebrides), Ross and Cromarty (except Lewis), and a northern part ...
Hugh MacDiarmid

Hugh MacDiarmid  

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1892–1978)Scottish poet and writer.The son of a postman, Hugh MacDiarmid was born in Langholm and attended Langholm Academy before going on to Edinburgh University. He served in the army during World ...
John Barbour

John Barbour  

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(d. 1395).Medieval Scottish poet, author of The Bruce. Barbour was probably born in south-west Scotland (c.1325), and became archdeacon of Aberdeen diocese (1357). In this position he played a ...
Kathleen Jamie

Kathleen Jamie  

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(1962– ),Scottish poet and travel writer, born in Renfrewshire, whose works include A Flame in Your Heart (1986, with poet and mountaineer Andrew Greig), a sequence of love poems set in the summer of ...
Lewis Grassic Gibbon

Lewis Grassic Gibbon  

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(1901–35),joined the Royal Army Service Corps in 1919 and from 1923 to 1929 he was a clerk in the RAF. The army offered him opportunities to travel which resulted in various works written under his ...
regional identities

regional identities  

1. general;2. the north‐east;3. the Borders (including the Common Ridings);4. Orkney and Shetland.1. general;2. the north‐east;3. the Borders (including the Common Ridings);4. Orkney and ...
Rhyming Weavers

Rhyming Weavers  

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A loose generic term for the Ulster Scots poets of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, some of whom worked in the linen industry. Many were radical Presbyterians and ...
Robert Burns

Robert Burns  

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(1759–96),was one of seven children born to a cotter near Alloway in Ayrshire. His spare time was fully employed on the ailing farm as labourer and ploughman. The experience of poverty and injustice ...
Robert Crawford

Robert Crawford  

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(1959– )Poet, critic, and anthologist, born at Bellshill, Lanarkshire; he studied English at the universities of Glasgow and Oxford, moving on to become professor of modern Scottish literature at St ...
Robert Fergusson

Robert Fergusson  

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(1750–74),published his first poems in Ruddiman's Weekly Magazine (1771), in imitation of English models, and his first Scots poem, ‘The Daft Days’, appeared in 1772. A volume appeared in 1773 which ...
Robert Garioch

Robert Garioch  

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(1909–81),Scottish poet, known principally for his witty and satiric poems in Scots. His works include 17 Poems for 6d: In Gaelic, Lowland Scots and English (1940; in collaboration with S. Maclean); ...
Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson  

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(1850–94),Scottish novelist, essayist, poet, and traveler, in 1880 married an American, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, whom he had followed from Europe to California. His residence in California and ...
Scandinavian Languages

Scandinavian Languages  

The family of Sc[andinavian] languages includes Da[nish], Faroese, Icelandic, No[rwegian], and Sw[edish]—the languages respectively of Denmark, the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. Each ...

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