Calendar for a Scottish Literary Year: 3. July to September



I have seen wreathes of snow in hot July
Pierced by the iris green.
For so the dazzling sands of Arisaig
Deceive the unwary traveller with their sheen
Helen B. Cruikshank

1|7|1790 William Roy (1726-90), Scottish major-general, map-maker and antiquary, dies. Ref: 0701.01(LS)
1|7|1913 David Toulmin (1913-1998), Aberdeenshire novelist, is born. Ref: 0701.02(LS)
1|7|1955 Candia McWilliam, novelist, is born, Edinburgh Ref: 0701.03(LS)

2|7|1768 Dugald Buchanan (1716-68), the Gaelic poet, dies. Ref: 0702.01(LS)
2|7|1884 Deacon Brodie by W.E.Henley and R.L. Stevenson first produced in London at the Prince’s Theatre Ref: 0702.02(LS)

3|7|1847 Arthur Hugh Clough, the poet tipped to succeed Wordsworth, was at Drumnadrochit, Loch Ness where he was inspired to write his epic poem The Bothy of Tobar-na-Voirlich Ref: 0703.01(LS)
3|7|1857 Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864), the American novelist, serving as American consul in Liverpool, visits Inversnaid, Loch Lomond. Ref: 0703.02(LS)

4|7|1841 Charles Dickens, novelist, visits the Trossachs. It rains. Ref: 0704.01(LS)

5|7|1767 Michael Bruce, the Kinross-shire nature poet, dies. Ref: 0705.01(LS)

6|7|1851 David Macbeth Moir, probable author of the Canadian Boat Song, dies. Ref: 0706.01(LS)
6|7|1928 John Selby Watson (1804-84), the son of humble Scottish parents, and successful author of many books, including a Life of William Wallace, dies in Parkhurst Prison. He has been convicted for the murder of his wife in 1871. Ref: 0706.02(LS)
6|7|1930 The Anatomist by James Bridie is first produced at the Lyric Theatre, Edinburgh. Ref: 0706.03(LS)
6|7|1932 Kenneth Grahame, Edinburgh-born author of The Wind in the Willows, dies. Ref: 0706.04(LS)

7|7|1791 Thomas Blacklock, the blind poet, and friend of Burns, dies. Ref: 0707.01(LS)
7|7|1814 Waverley first published. Ref: 0707.02(LS)
7|7|1930 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle dies. Ref: 0707.03(LS)
7|7|1930 Hamish MacInnes, author and mountaineer, is born. Ref: 0707.04(LS)

8|7|1931 Jack Webster, Scottish journalist and biographer, is born, Maud, Aberdeenshire. Ref: 0708.01(LS)
8|7|1938 Tessa Ransford, poet, is born in India. She will become Director of the Scottish Poetry Centre, Edinburgh. Ref: 0708.02(LS)

9|7|1775 ‘Monk’ Lewis, the Gothic novelist, is born. He will meet Walter Scott whom he will encourages to become a poet. Ref: 0709.01(LS)
9|7|1871 Alexander Keith Johnston, geographer in ordinary to the Queen at Edinburgh, dies. Ref: 0709.02(LS)

10|7|1802 Robert Chambers, author and publisher, is born, Peebles. Ref: 0710.01(LS)

11|7|1754 Thomas Bowdler, alumnus of both St Andrews and Edinburgh Universities, and sanitiser of Shakespeare, is born. Ref: 0711.01(LS)

12|7|1548 Alexander Scott, poet, is appointed as organist at the Priory of Inchmahome, Perthshire. Ref: 0712.01(LS)
12|7|1838 John Jamieson, lexicographer, dies Ref: 0712.02(LS)
12|7|1912 Fred Urquhart, novelist, is born. Ref: 0712.03(LS)

13|7|1873 Anthony Trollope at Divach Lodge working on The Way We Live Now Ref: 0713.01(LS)
13|7|1903 Kenneth Clark, Art Historian, scion of a family of Paisley cotton manufacturers, born Ref: 0713.02(LS)

14|7|1597 Alexander Montgomerie, author of The Cherry and the Slae, officially outlawed for his part in a Catholic plot which involved seizing Ailsa Craig Ref: 0714.01(LS)
14|7|1801 Jane Welsh Carlyle, distinguished letter-writer born, Haddington Ref: 0714.02(LS)

15|7|1914 Gavin Maxwell, entrepreneur, naturalist and author born, Elrig. Ref: 0715.01(LS)
15|7|1919 [Jean] Iris Murdoch, DBE (1919-1999) is born. Her novels will include The Italian Girl (1964) which has scenes set in the policies of Guisachan Lodge, Inverness-shire.
16|7|1892 John MacGregor (1825-92), author of 1000 Miles in a Rob Roy Canoe, dies. Ref: 0716.01(LS)

17|7|1790 Death of Adam Smith, economist and author Ref: 0717.01(LS)
17|7|1827 James Millar, the miscellaneous writer who first proposed a tunnel under the Firth of Forth, dies. Ref: 0717.01(LS)
17|7|2004 Announcement that Edwin Morgan is to be the first national poet for Scotland, the Scots Makar.

18|7|1819 Barthélemy Faujas de Saint Fond, the French geologist who lovingly described Scotland, dies. Ref: 0718.01(LS)

19|7|1896 Archibald Joseph Cronin, novelist, born in the parish of Cardross, Dumbartonshire. He will practise medicine, but make his fortune by writing novels like The Citadel. Ref: 0719.01(LS)

20|7|1789 Samuel Rogers, the English banker-poet, dined in Edinburgh with Adam Smith, the economist, and Henry MacKenzie, the novelist. Ref: 0720.01(LS)
20|7|1879 Dougal Graham (c1724-79), Stirling-born chapman and poet, dies Ref: 0720.02(LS)
20|7|1747 Andrew Lang dies, Banchory, but is buried in his beloved St Andrews. Ref: 0720.03(LS)

21|7|1796 Robert Burns dies, Dumfries. Ref: 0721.01(LS)
21|7|1827 Archibald Constable, publisher, dies Ref: 0721.02(LS)
21|7|1918 Maurice Lindsay (1918-2009), poet, born Ref: 0721.03(LS)

22|7|1513 Gavin Douglas completed his Aenead. Ref: 0722.01(LS)
22|7|1773 Robert Fergusson’s ‘Leith Races’ published in The Weekly Magazine Ref: 0722.02
22|7|1893 John Muir (1838-1914), naturalist and author, closely associated with the establishment of the USA’s first National Parks, left Stirling and went to Callander, thence to Inversnaid via the Trossachs. Ref: 0722.03

23|7|1800 Lady Sarah Murray (Aust), intrepid traveller and author, sailed from Oban to Ardtornish Ref: 0723.01(LS)
23|7|1816 Elizabeth Hamilton (1858-1816), Belfast-born novelist who resided near Stirling and in Midlothian, dies. Ref: 0723.02(LS)

24|7|1825 John Eddowes Bowman, the author and naturalist, and his friend Dovaston travelled from Killin to the Trossachs. Ref: 0724.01(LS)

25|7|1394 James I, monarch and poet, probably born on this St James Day Ref: 0725.01(LS)
25|7|1745 Alexander MacDonald, famous Gaelic poet, boarded the Doutelle in Uist to greet Prince Charlie Ref: 0725.02(LS)
25|7|1825 Franz Schubert writes to his parents saying how proud he was to have composed a setting for Scott’s Ref: Ave Maria. 0725.03(LS)
25|7|1951 Robert Seton Watson, historian of the Balkans, dies, Isle of Skye Ref: 0725.04

26|7|1745 Henry MacKenzie, the novelist of the ‘Scottish Enlightenment’ known as ‘The Man of Feeling’ is born, Edinburgh Ref: 0726.01(LS)
26|7|1915 Sir James Augustus Murray, Denholm-born distinguished editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, dies. Ref: 0726.02(LS)

27|7|1777 Thomas Campbell, poet, is born at 215 High Street, Glasgow. Ref: 0727.01(LS)
27|7|1873 Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) arrives at Veitches Hotel, Edinburgh. There he forms a lifelong friendship with Dr. John Brown, author of Rab and his Friends

28|7|1838 John Ruskin, author and critic, first visited Loch Katrine. Ref: 0728.01(LS)
28|7|1809 John Stuart Blackie, poet and Professor of Greek born in Glasgow Ref: 0728.02(LS)
28|7|1866 Beatrix Potter, who may well have got her inspiration for her stories for children beside the River Tay, born Ref: 0728.03(LS)

29|7|1814 Walter Scott set sail from Leith on his voyage in the Lighthouse Yacht Pharos Ref: 0729.01(LS)

30|7|1819 John Campbell Shairp, poet and critic, born Houston, West Lothian. He will become Professor of Poetry at Oxford. Ref: 0730.01(LS)

31|7|1786 Publication of the Kilmarnock Edition of Robert Burns’ Poems Ref: 0731.01(LS)
31|7|1909 Mary Lutyens, biographer of the Ruskins and the Grays, born Ref: 0731.02(LS)
31|7|1992 William Reaper (1959-92), biographer of the novelist George MacDonald (1987), dies in the Himalayas. Ref: 0731.03(LS)

Literary Calendar: 64 entries                                Updated: 170515


Will ye gang wi’ me and fare’
To the bush abune Traquair?
Owre the high Minchmuir we’ll up and awa’,
This bonny summer noon,
While the sun shines fair abune,
And the licht sklents saftly doun on holm and ha’.

John Campbell Shairp

1|8|1740 The masque Alfred is performed in the gardens of Cliveden to celebrate both the birthday of the Princess Augusta, and the anniversary of George I’s accession. The lyrics, including the song ‘Rule Britannia’, are written by two Scotsmen, James Thomson and David Malloch. Ref:0801.01(LS)
1|8|1819 Herman Melville, novelist, is born in New York. In 1856 he will visit Scotland in search of his ancestors. Ref:0801.02(LS)
1|8|1822 James Grant (1822-1887), author and early Scottish Nationalist, is born. His many popular novels will include The Yellow Frigate. Ref:0801.03(LS)
1|8|1919 Doubleday publish nine-year-old Daisy Ashford‘s The Young Visiters; with a preface by Sir James Barrie – leading the public to believe Barrie to be the real author of the book. Ref:0801.04(LS)

2|8|1787 Robert Burns writes to Dr. John Moore, author of Zeluco, the autobiographical letter which is the main authority for his early life. Ref:0802.01(LS)
2|8|1818 John Keats climbs Ben Nevis. Ref:0802.02(LS)

3|8|1305 William Wallace captured by the False Menteith, the subject of several poems, and various plays, notably Wallace (1960) by Sidney Goodsir Smith (1915-75). Ref:0803.01(LS)

4|8|1865 William Edmonstone Aytoun, poet and humourist, dies at Blackhills near Elgin Ref:0804.01(LS)
4|8|1792 Edward Irving, the Divine, who becomes a friend of Thomas Carlyle, is born at Annan, Dumfries-shire. Ref:0804.02(LS)

5|8|1778 Robert Mackay (Rob Donn Macaoidh), rebellious poet, dies at the foot of Ben Hope, in Sutherlandshire Ref:0805.01(LS)
5|8|1921 Derick Thomson, poet and leading modern authority on Gaelic literature, born, near Stornoway, Lewis. Ref:0805.02(LS)

6|8|1844 A festival “in honour of the genius of Burns” is held at Ayr. The distinguished Scottish author John Wilson (pen name ‘Christopher North’) gives an address which he begins by enumerating Burns’s shortcomings. He is so verbose that the crowd jeers him, and he is obliged to stop before he can go on to speak of the poet’s achievements. Ref:0806.01(LS)
6|8|1864 Catherine Sinclair, novelist, dies Ref:0806.03(LS)

7|8|1764 James Boswell, 24, arrives in Holland, having promised himself to “go abroad with manly resolution to improve, and correspond with Johnson,” whom he has recently met. Ref:0807.01(LS)
7|8|1879 Robert Louis Stevenson, in pursuit of his future wife, embarks at Greenock on the steamship Devonia bound for New York. En voyage he writes the greater part of The Story of A Lie. His account of the trip and of his fellow passengers appears as The Amateur Immigrant Ref:0807.02(LS)

8|8|1503 Marriage of James IV and Margaret Tudor, the subject of The Thrissell and the Rois, by William Dunbar, poet, who helped to negotiate the match. Ref:0808.01(LS)
8|8|1829 Mendelssohn visits Staffa. His letters suggest that he thought of the memorable opening bars of the Hebridean Overture the day before, when he was in Oban. Ref:0809.02(LS)
8|8|1921 Ian Grimble, broadcaster and miscellaneous writer about many Scottish subjects, is born Ref:0808.03(LS)

9|8|1885 James Grant (1840-1885), antiquary, is born in Glen Urquhart, dies in Newcastle. He is buried in his native glen four days later. Ref:0809.01(LS)

10|8|1924 Jan Webster, novelist, is born, Blantyre. Ref:0810.01(LS)
10|8|1925 Alistair Mackie, poet, is born, Aberdeen. His highly regarded poetry collection Clytach will appear in 1972. Ref:0810.02(LS)
10|8|1926 D.H. Lawrence, novelist, at Newtonmore. Ref:0810.03(LS)

11|8|1856 Prosper Mérimée, the French novelist, and inspector of historical monuments, is the guest of Edward Ellice, at Glenquoich in Ross-shire, ‘a devilish place which is represented to me as inhabited by savages to whom bread is unknown.’ Ref:0811.01(LS)
11|8|1892 Hugh MacDiarmid, (the pseudonym of Christopher Murray Grieve) pre-eminent Scottish poet of the first half of the 20th century and leader of the Scottish literary renaissance, is born in Langholm, Dumfriesshire. He will reject English as a medium for his poetry but use it in Stony Limits (1934) and Second Hymn to Lenin (1935). Ref:0811.02(LS)
11|8|1919 Andrew Carnegie, the Dunfermline-born philanthropist who set aside substantial funds for the establishment of public libraries in Scotland, dies in Lennox, Massachusetts. Ref:0811.03(LS)

12|8|1774 Robert Southey, who will be appointed poet laureate in 1813, is born in Bristol. In 1819 he will make a triumphant Tour of Scotland with Thomas Telford, the engineer, and compose commemorative plaques to celebrate the opening of the Caledonian Canal. Ref:0812.01(LS)
12|8|1778 Francis Horner, critic, the eldest son of an Edinburgh merchant, is born. With Francis Jeffrey, and Sydney Smith he will found the Edinburgh Review. The first number will appear in November 1802, with four articles by Horner Ref:0812.02(LS)

13|8|1618 John Taylor, the ‘Water Poet’ arrives in Edinburgh Ref:0813.01(LS)
13|8|1867 (Sir) William Craigie (1867-1957), distinguished lexicographer of the English, American, and Scottish tongues, is born, Dundee Ref:0813.02(LS)
13|8|1871 Ivan Turgenev, the Russian novelist in Scotland for the Scott Centenary, injures his leg grouse shooting while staying at Allean House in Perthshire. At the celebrations he is introduced as ‘Mr. Turkeynuff’. Ref:0813.03(LS)
13|8|1934 Hamish Brown, author and mountaineer, is born. He will be the first to climb all the highest mountains in Scotland, known as ‘Munros’, in a single expedition, and describe his experiences in Hamish’s Mountain Walk. Ref:0813.04(LS)

14|8|1773 Samuel Johnson arrives in Edinburgh, and meets Boswell’s wife, who complains of his manners and her husband’s relationship with him: “I have seen many a bear led by a man, but I never before saw a man led by a bear.” Ref:0814.01(LS)
14|8|1822 Walter Scott welcomes George IV to Edinburgh, and, later the same day meets Crabbe, the poet. In his excitement, he sits, by mistake, on a glass which George IV has given him as a souvenir of this historic occasion. Ref:0814.02(LS)

15|8|1771 (Sir) Walter Scott is born. Ref:0815.01(LS)
15|8|1782 William Nicholson, the Galloway poet, is born near Borgue Ref:0815.02(LS)

16|8|1766 Carolina Oliphant, Baroness Nairne, is born Gask, Perthshire Ref:0816.01(LS)

17|8|1851 Henry Drummond, author of The Ascent of Man is born, Stirling. Ref:0817.01(LS)
17|8|1917 Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) and Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967), both convalescing from battle fatigue at the Craiglockhart War Hospital, meet and form a brief, intense friendship. Ref:0817.02(LS)
17|8|1958 L.A.G. Strong (1896-1958), the Cornish writer who set several novels in the West Highlands dies. Ref:0817.03(LS)
17|8|2010 Death of Edwin Morgan

18|8|1773 Boswell and Johnson embark on their seven-week tour of the Hebrides. Ref:0818.01(LS)
18|8|1803 James Beattie, poet and professor of moral philosophy, dies. At one time he was the parish schoolmaster at Fordoun, Kincardineshire, and his epic poem The Minstrel (1771-74) describes the scenery of the district. Ref:0818.02(LS)
18|8|1946 Marion Angus, poet, dies, aged 80. Although she was born, and spent much of her life in Aberdeen, her ashes are scattered off Elliot Point, Arbroath where she was brought up. Ref:0818.03(LS)
18|8|1947 Sheena Blackhall, poet (and novelist), is born in Aberdeen. In 2009 she will become the first Makar for Aberdeen and the North East. Ref: 0818.04
18|8|1971 Peter Fleming, travel-writer, dies, on the Black Mount. Ref: 0818.05

19|8|1560 James (The Admirable) Crichton is born Dumfries-shire Ref:0819.01(LS)
19|8|1947 George Orwell, living on the Isle of Jura, narrowly escapes drowning in the Corryvrechan. Ref:0819.02(LS)
19|8|1914 Alexander Reid, poet, is born Edinburgh Ref:0819.03(LS)

20|8|1877 William Miller, Glasgow author of Wee Willie Winkie and other poems dies. Ref:0820.01(LS)

21|8|1983 First Edinburgh Book Festival begins. Ref:0821.01(LS)

22|8|1809 John Hill Burton (1809-81), historian, is born in Aberdeen. Ref:0822.01(LS)
22|8|1870 Robert Browning at Tummel Bridge where he meets Benjamin Jowett. Ref:0822.02(LS)
22|8|1944 Tom Leonard, poet, is born in Glasgow. His controversial poem The Good Thief will set the Crucifiction in Glasgow. Ref:0822.03(LS)

23|8|1849 William Ernest Henley, poet and friend and collaborator with Stevenson, is born. Ref:0823.01(LS)

24|8|1580 John Taylor, the “water poet”, who made a Pennyless Pilgrimage to Scotland, is born, London. Ref:0824.01(LS)
24|8|1805 Rev. Alexander Carlyle, diarist dies. His Autobiography provides a vivid account of late eighteenth century Edinburgh. Ref:0824.02(LS)
24|8|1923 Dorothy Dunnett (1923-2001), painter and historical novelist, is born Ref:0824.03(LS)
24|8|1926 Elizabeth Sutherland folklorist, is born, Kemback, Fife. Ref: 0824.04(LS)
24|8|1962 Ali Smith, author of There but for the (2011) is born in Inverness.0824.5
25|8|1776 Scottish philosopher (Treatise of Human Nature) and historian (History of England) David Hume dies in Edinburgh at the age of 65. Ref:0825.01(LS)
25|8|1833 Ralph Waldo Emerson, the New England philosopher and poet, seeks out Thomas Carlyle, at Craigenputtock, is invited to stay for a day, and initiates a lifelong friendship. Ref:0825.02(LS)
25|8|1836 Bret Harte (The Luck of Roaring Camp and Other Sketches) is born in Albany, New York. Leaving school at 13 to go to work, he will travel to California before moving to New York to pursue a writing career. He serves as American consul in Glasgow. Ref:0825.03(LS)
25|8|1860 William Wilson (1801-60), Crieff-born poet and Poughkeepsie publisher, dies Ref:0825.04(LS)
25|8|1881 Robert Louis Stevenson reports that he has begun Treasure Island, Braemar. Ref:0825.05(LS)

26|8|1857 Christian Johnstone, journalist and novelist, dies, Edinburgh Ref:0826.01(LS)
26|8|1875 John Buchan, the novelist, and biographer of Cromwell, Montrose and others is born in Perth, Scotland. He will write ‘shockers’ like The 39 Steps and more serious novels such as Witch Wood. Ref:0826.02(LS)

27|8|1748 James Thomson (1700-1748), poet, dies, Richmond. Ref:0827.01(LS)
27|8|1787 Robert Burns meets Charlotte Hamilton at Harviestoun, and accompanies her on a visit to Cauldron Linn on the River Devon. Ref:0827.02(LS)
27|8|1932 Lady Antonia Fraser, biographer of Mary Queen of Scots, is born. Ref:0827.03(LS)

28|8|1803 The Wordsworths at Inversnaid. Ref:0828.01(LS)
28|8|1811 Percy Byche Shelley, poet, marries Harriet Westbrook, Edinburgh. Ref:0828.02(LS)
28|8|1811 John Leyden, polymath, dies from a fever caught in an unventilated library in Java. Ref:0828.03(LS)
28|8|1902 George Douglas Brown, Ayrshire author of the ground-breaking novel The House With Green Shutters (1901), dies of pneumonia aged 33 years. Ref: 0828.04(LS)

29|8|1839 Benjamin Disraeli, novelist and Prime Minister, attends the disastrous Eglinton Tournament. He describes it in his novel Endymion (1880).Ref:0830.01(LS)
29|8|1892 William Forbes Skene (1809-92), author of Celtic Scotland, dies in Edinburgh. Ref:0829.02(LS)
29|8|1961 George Blake, novelist and manager of the Porpoise Press, dies
30|8|1958 Muriel Gray, the novelist and broadcaster known as “the gallus besom”, is born in East Kilbride. Amongst her many successful ventures will be The Munros without a Beard which sharply, but affectionately, sends up mountaineers.Ref:0829.03(LS)

30|8|1797 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (later Mary Shelley), author of Frankenstein, is born in London, the daughter of radical philosopher William Godwin and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. At 15 she will go to live in Broughty Ferry near Dundee. She is ‘singularly bold, somewhat imperious, and active of mind. Her desire of knowledge is great, and her perseverance in everything she undertakes almost invincible.’ [Godwin] Ref: 0830.01(LS)
30|8|1816 Washington Irving (1783-1859), considered the first successful American-born writer, of Orcadian parentage, visits Sir Walter Scott at Abbotsford. Ref:0830.02(LS)
30|8|1875 William Power (1875-1951), critic, is born. Ref:0830.03(LS)

31|8|1914 Gavin Greig (1856-1914) folksong collector, dies of heart failure on 31 August 1914 at the schoolhouse in Whitehill, Aberdeenshire. Ref:0830.02(LS)
31|8|1769 Thomas Pennant visits Loch Ness, and reports that ‘that rare bird’, the Capercaillie, is still to be met with in Glenmoriston. Ref:0831.01(LS)

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And far abune the Angus straths I saw the wild geese flee,
A lang, lang skein o’ beatin’ wings wi’ their heids¬ towards the sea.
Violet Jacob

1|9|1729 Sir Richard Steele, an editor of the original Spectator who became a commissioner for the forfeited estates in Scotland, dies. A plaque in Lady Stair’s Close will commemorate his visit to Edinburgh in 1717. He entertained beggars from the High Street in the Bell Tavern opposite. Ref: 0901.01(LS)
1|9|1803 The Wordsworths at Loch Awe where William is inspired to write his Address to Kilchurn Castle, upon Loch Awe. Ref: 0901.02(LS)

2|9|1773 Samuel Johnson and James Boswell arrive on Skye. Ref: 0902.01(LS)
2|9|1891 Joseph Irving (1830-91), local historian, dies, Paisley. Ref: 0902.02(LS)
2|9|1912 David Daiches (1912-2005), author and critic, is born Edinburgh. Ref: 0902.03(LS)

3|9|1830 Lewis Campbell (1830-1908), biographer of Benjamin Jowett, born Edinburgh. Ref: 0903.01(LS)
3|9|1951 Brian McCabe, poet and novelist, born Bonnyrigg. Ref: 0903.02(LS)
3|9|1980 Opening of Bryan Forbes’ disaster-prone, but highly successful, production of Macbeth with Peter O’Toole, at the Old Vic in London. Ref: 0903.03(LS)

4|9|1835 Rev. Patrick Graham (1750-1835), early mentor to Sir Walter Scott, dies, Aberfoyle. He has provided Scott with much of the background for The Lady of the Lake (1810), and Rob Roy (1814). Ref: 0904.01(LS)
4|9|1852 William MacGillivray, author and naturalist, dies. He has walked throughout Scotland and from Aberdeen to London, studying flora and fauna in great detail. His masterwork A History of British Birds is completed just before his death. Ref: 0904.02(LS)
4|9|1879 Peter Robert Drummond, Perth bookseller and littérateur, dies. Ref: 0904.03(LS))

5|9|1750 Robert Fergusson, poet, born, Edinburgh. He becomes a popular vernacular poet who inspires Robert, who acknowledges his debt to him. Ref: 0901.02(LS)
5|9|1787 Robert Burns at the Fall of Foyers during his Highland Tour. It evokes a ponderous sonnet. Ref: 0901.02(LS)

7|9|1782 Susan Ferrier, novelist, born, Edinburgh. Her most successful novel will be Marriage, and she will be regarded as one of Scotland’s most important women writers. Ref: 0907.01(LS)
6|9|1803 Samuel Taylor Coleridge, on a walking tour by himself after parting from the Wordsworths, visits Foyers. Ref: 0906.02(LS)
6|9|1808 William Livingstone, Bard of Islay, born. Ref: 0906.03(LS)
6|9|1915 Calum Iain Maclean [Calum Iain MacGhilleathain] (1915-1960), folklorist is born, Raasay. Ref: 0906.04

7|9|1847 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American novelist, visits Oban Ref: 0907.02(LS)

8|9|1771 James Boswell takes General Paoli, the Corsican patriot, to see Loch Lomond. Ref: 0908.01(LS)
8|9|1775 John Leyden, polymath, born Denholm, Roxburghshire. He will co-operate closely with Scott in putting together The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border . Ref: 0908.02(LS)
8|9|1912 Alexander MacKendrick, Scottish film-maker who directed the much-loved film of Compton MacKenzie‘s novel, Whisky Galore, is born, Boston, USA. Ref: 0908.03(LS)
8|9|1886 Siegfried Sassoon is born. For writing a letter of protest to his Colonel in July 1917 he is sent to Craiglockhart (then a mental hospital), where he encounters his fellow war-poet, Wilfred Owen (1893-1918).

9|9|1513 Battle of Flodden Field, the subject of Scott’s Marmion. The best-known version of the noble lament for the battle, Flowers of the Forest, is by Jean Elliot of Minto, published in 1776. Ref: 0909.01(LS)
9|9|1946 Violet Jacob, distinguished Angus poet and novelist, dies Ref: 0909.02(LS)
9|9|1978 Hugh MacDiarmid, poet, dies. Ref: 0909.03(LS)

10|9|1462 Robert Henryson, poet, admitted as a member of Glasgow University. Ref: 0910.01(LS).

11|9|1700 James Thomson, poet, born, Ednam, Roxburghshire Ref: 0911.01(LS).
11|9|1762 Joanna Baillie, dramatist, born, Bothwell, Lanarkshire Ref: 0911.02(LS).
11|9|1882 Matthew Arnold, poet, visiting the Highlands, writes to his wife enthusiastically describing the Caledonian Canal . Ref: 0911.03(LS).
11|9|1912 Robin Jenkins, novelist, born. He will become the leading Scottish novelist of his generation. Ref: 0911.04(LS).

12|9|1803 Wordsworth visited what he believed to be ‘Rob Roy’s Grave’ at the head of Loch Katrine, the subject of one of his worst poems. Ref: 0912.01.
12|9|1854 Walter Watson, minor poet, born at Calder, Lanarkshire dies near Kirkintilloch, aged 74. Ref: 0912.02(LS)
12|9|1855 William Sharp, the novelist of the ‘Celtic Twilight’, known as ‘Fiona Macleod’, is born, Paisley, Renfrewshire . Ref: 0912.03(LS).
12|9|1960 Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell is published. The title is taken from a line by Kathleen Raine, the poet with whom he enjoyed a tempestuous relationship. Ref: 0912.04(LS).

13|9|1813 Daniel Macmillan, publisher, born, Upper Corrie, Arran . Ref: 0913.01(LS).
13|9|1955 Little Richard recorded the classic version of Tutti Frutti, the theme music for the successful BBC Scotland comedy drama serial of the same name by Scottish playwright, John Byrne . Ref: 0913.02(LS).

14|1903 Sir Peter Scott, naturalist, and probable author of a famous practical joke, born. He gave his backing to the purported discovery of a new species in Loch Ness, but the scientific name of the beast was an anagram of ‘Loch Ness Monster Hoax’ . Ref: 0914.01(LS).
14|9|1942 Bernard MacLaverty, ‘Glasgow’ novelist, is born, Belfast . Ref: 0914.02(LS).

15|9|1509 Patent granted to Walter Chepman and Andrew Myllar to establish first printing press in Scotland; amongst their first publications were the poems of William Dunbar and Robert Henryson. Ref: 0915.01(LS).

15|9|1978 Edmund Crispin was the pseudonym of Bruce Montgomery (1921–1978), an English crime writer and composer, born of Scottish-Irish parents who died on this day. He will set William Dunbar‘s Resurrection of Christ (1947) to music, and adopt various Scottiah themes in his compositions. Ref: 0915.02.

16|9|1816 (Sir) Theodore Martin, poet and collaborator with W.E.Aytoun, born, Edinburgh . Ref: 0916.01(LS).
16|9|1834 William Blackwood, publisher, dies. Ref: 0916.02(LS).

17|9|1771 Death of Tobias Smollett, near Leghorn, Italy. Ref: 0917.01(LS).

18|9|1643 Gilbert Burnet, significant historian of his own times, born, Edinburgh . Ref: 0918.01(LS).
18|9|1848 James Logie Robertson, known as “Hugh Haliburton”, the Homer of the Ochil Hills, born Edinburgh. Ref: 0918.02(LS).

19|9|1721 William Robertson, historian, born at Borthwick . Ref: 0919.01(LS).
19|9|1912 Rebecca West, novelist, then 19 years-old, reviews Marriage by H.G.Wells, whom she dubs an ‘Old Maid among novelists’. Wells asks her to meet him and, by the spring, they will have embarked on a ten year love affair. Ref: 0919.02.

20|9|1908 Walter Chalmers Smith, the poet ‘Orwell’, dies, Dunblane . Ref: 0920.01(LS). Ref: 0720.01(LS)

21|9|1742 John Home, playwright, born, Leith. His play Douglas will evoke the cry “Whaur’s yer Willie Shakespeare noo?”. Ref: 0921.01(LS).
21|9|1832 Sir Walter Scott, novelist and poet, dies at Abbotsford. He will be buried at Dryburgh Abbey. En route, the horses pulling his hearse pause at his favourite view. Ref: 0921.02(LS).

22|9|1810 Dr John Brown, essayist, is born, Biggar, Lanarkshire . Ref: 0922.01(LS).
22|9|1906 Edith Holden, whose illustrated Diary of an Edwardian Lady will enjoy great success, describes a walk from Callander to the Lake of Menteith. Ref: 0922.02(LS).
22|9|1926 Rosamunde Pilcher, novelist, is born, Cornwall. In later life she will live in Invergowrie and set several novels in Scotland. Ref: 0922.03(LS).

23|9| 704 Death of St. Adamnan, biographer of St Columba. Ref: 0923.01(LS)
23|9|1856 William Archer, critic, born, Perth . Ref: 0923.02(LS).
23|9|1951 Andrew Grieg, novelist and poet, born Bannockburn, but grows up in Anstruther, Fife. He is educated at the University of Edinburgh and will be a Glasgow University Writing Fellow. Ref: 0923.03(LS).
23|9|1973 Canongate Press founded, Edinburgh. Ref: 0923.04(LS).

24|9|1859 S.R.Crockett, novelist, is born . Ref: 0924.01

25|9|1844 Lord Cockburn, diarist, recorded a visit to the ‘monument raised a few years ago’ to James Clement, Covenanter, who, with four others, was shot dead on 21st February, 1685 on Kirkconnell Moor in the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright . Ref: 0925.01(LS).

26|9|1875 Queen Victoria describes visiting the waterfalls in Glen Aray in her Journal . Ref: 0926.01(LS).

27|9|1827 Sheriff Alexander Nicolson, Gaelic scholar and poet, born. Ref: 0927.01(LS).
27|9|1898 Joseph Conrad, novelist, in Glasgow where he meets Neil Munro and Cunninghame Graham. Ref: 0927.02(LS).
27|9|1957 Irvine Welsh, novelist, born. He will achieve cult status with the publication of his novel Trainspotting . Ref: 0927.03(LS).

28|9|1747 Kate Douglas Wiggin, novelist, born, Philadelphia. She will twice collaborate on a novel with the Findlater Sisters, The Affair at the Inn (1904) and Robinetta (1911). Ref: 0928.01(LS).
28|9|1864 Charles Murray, poet, born Alford. Ref: 0928.02(LS).

28|9|1881 Gerard Manley Hopkins visits Inversnaid, Loch Lomond, and is inspired to write the most famous of all waterfall poems. Ref: 0928.03(LS).

29|9|1582 George Buchanan, philosopher and author, dies, Edinburgh. Ref: 0929.01(LS).
29|9|1902 William McGonagall, poet, dies, Edinburgh. Ref: 0929.02(LS).

30|9|1906 J.I.M Stewart, the celebrated detective-story writer ‘Michael Innes’, born, Edinburgh. His detective is Inspector Appleby. Ref: 0930.01(LS).

Literary Calendar: 71 entries         Updated: 240514















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