Saturday, August 27, 2011

Poet James Thomson

“I dined two days ago tête à tête with Lord Buchan. Heard a history of all his ancestors whom he has hung round his chimney-piece. From counting of pedigrees, good Lord deliver us! He is thinking of erecting a monument to Thomson. He frequented Dryburgh much in my grandfather’s time. It will be a handsome thing..”.

The text above is from a letter from Walter Scott to William Clerk (September 3, 1790), published in John Gibson Lockhart’s “Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Bart.”  The author of the lyrics to “Rule, Britannia”, poet James Thomson, died on August 27, 1748.

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