McKay, Archibald (1801–1883), poet and topographer, was born at Kilmarnock, the son of Alexander McKay, farmer, and his wife, Janet, née McGill. After receiving a rudimentary education he was apprenticed to a hand-loom weaver, but subsequently became a bookbinder. He also operated a circulating library in ...
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J. C. Hadden
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Mercer, Andrew (1775–1842), poet and topographer, was born in Selkirk. He was destined for the ministry, and in 1790 entered the University of Edinburgh. Ultimately he gave up theology, studied the fine arts, and tried unsuccessfully to make a living in Edinburgh as a miniature-painter, teacher of drawing, and man of letters. He wrote both in prose and verse for ...
Charles W. J. Withers
Watson, (James) Wreford (1915–1990), geographer and poet, was born on 8 February 1915 in Sanyuan, Shensi (Shanxi), China, the third of five children of the Revd James Watson (1878–1952), and Evelyn Russell (d. 1926). His parents were Scottish Baptist missionaries in the ...
Willes, Richard (1546–1579