Calendar for a Scottish Literary Year: 2. April to June

April

Blows the wind to-day, and the sun and rain are flying,
Blows the wind on the moors today and now,
Where about the graves of the martyrs the whaups are crying,
My heart remembers how!

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

1|4|1817 The Edinburgh Monthly Magazine, later Blackwood’s Magazine, is founded. Ref: 0401.01(LS)

2|4|1892 Publisher and travel writer John Murray dies. Ref: 0402.01(LS)
2|4|1925 George MacDonald Fraser, author of the Flashman Novels is born. Ref: 0402.02(LS)

3|4|1854 Professor John Wilson, known as Christopher North, dies Ref: 0403.01(LS)
3|4|1930 C. Day Lewis, later Poet Laureate, leaves Larchfield School, Helensburgh where he is succeeded by W. H. Auden. Ref: 0403.02(LS)

4|4|1828 Margaret Oliphant, successful Victorian novelist, is born Musselburgh. Ref: 0404.01(LS)
4|4|1937 Louis MacNeice, the Irish author of Bagpipe Music, first arrives on Lewis. Ref: 0404.02(LS)

5|4|1739 Sir William Forbes (1739-1806), of Pitsligo, banker and author, is born in Edinburgh. He will write a Life of James Beattie, meet Boswell and Johnson, and be admired by Scott who will put him in Marmion. Ref: 0405.01(LS)
5|4|1792 Hew Ainslie (1792-1878), Scottish poet, is born in the parish of Dailly, in Ayrshire. In 1820 his best-known book A Pilgrimage to the Land of Burns will be published. Ref: 0405.02(LS)
5|4|1794 Susanna Blamire, the ‘Lark of Cumberland’ who often wrote poetry in the Scots language dies. She was a frequent visitor to Gartmore House, Perthshire. Ref: 0405.03(LS)

6|4|1320 The Declaration of Arbroath, Scotland’s elegantly expressed declaration of independence, is first published Ref: 0406.01(LS)
6|4|1901  George Smith, of Scottish parentage, the founder and proprietor of the Dictionary of National Biography, dies. Ref: 0406.02(LS)

7|4|1718 Hugh Blair, critic, is born, Edinburgh. Ref: 0407.01(LS)
7|4|1868 Samuel Lloyd Osbourne, Robert Louis Stevenson’s step son, co-author and eventual heir, is born Ref: 0407.01(LS)

8|4|1783 John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843), famous landscape-gardener, editor and horticultural writer, born at Cambuslang, Lanarkshire Ref: 0408.01(LS)
8|4|1819 Walter Scott, crippled by gallstones, and unable to write, begins to dictate The Bride of Lammermuir. Ref: 0408.01(LS)
8|4|1871 Robert Louis Stevenson informs his father, during the course of a walk to Cramond, that he intends to give up engineering and devote himself to authorship. Ref: 0408.01(LS)

9|4|1882 Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Pre-Raphaelite, who almost committed suicide at Kilkerran, Ayrshire, dies in London Ref: 0409.01(LS)
9|4|1938 Bruce Lenman, academic and author of Jacobite Risings in Britain born, Aberdeen. Ref: 0409.02(LS)

10|4|1601 Mark Alexander Boyd, lyric poet of Penkill, Ayrshire, dies. Ref: 0410.01(LS)

11|4|1839 John Galt, novelist, dies. Ref: 0411.01(LS)
11|4|1857 John Davidson, poet, is born, Barrhead, Renfrewshire. He will contribute to The Yellow Book and be one of the first Scottish poets whose work has a twentieth century ‘feel’. Ref: 0411.02(LS)
11|4|1886 Seton Gordon, naturalist and author, is born. Ref: 0411.03(LS)
11|4|1928 Duncan Williamson, storyteller, is born Furnace, Argyllshire. Ref: 0411.04(LS)

12|4|1941 Charles Murray, the vernacular poet with an international reputation from Alford in Aberdeenshire, dies in Banchory. Ref: 0412.01(LS)
12|4|1942 Bill Bryden, dramatist, born Greenock. Ref: 0412.02(LS)

13|4|1807 Robert Heron (1764-1807), one of the first but one of the least accurate biographers of Burns, dies. Ref: 0413.01(LS)
13|4|1913 Gordon Donaldson (1913-1993), Historiographer Royal, born. Ref: 0413.02(LS)
13|4|1996 George Mackay Brown (1921-1996), the much-loved Orcadian writer, dies, Stromness. Ref: 0413.03(LS)

14|4|1930 Dr Adam Watson, ecologist and author, born, Turriff Ref: 0414.01(LS)
14|4|1964 The prosecution for obscenity of Cain’s Book by the young Scottish author Alexander Trocchi begins in Sheffield. Ref: 0414.02(LS)

15|4|1641 Robert Sibbald, author and topographer, is born Ref: 0415.01(LS)
15|4|1970 A.A.MacGregor (1889-1970), litterateur, dies Ref: 0415.01(LS)
15|4|1984 Alexander Trocchi (1925-1984), novelist, dies. Ref: 0415.01(LS)

16|4|1641 Thomas Urquhart, Scottish man of letters, knighted by Charles I. Ref: 0416.01(LS)
16|4|1800 William Chambers, publisher, born, Peebles Ref: 0416.02(LS)
16|4|1808 John Murray, Scottish founder of the distinguished London publishing house dies Ref: 0416.03(LS)
16|4|1904 Samuel Smiles, biographer, dies Ref: 0416.04(LS)

17|4|1787 Robert Burns accepted 100 guineas from William Creech for the Edinburgh Edition of his poems which were published later the same year. Ref: 0417.01(LS)
17|4|1800 Catherine Sinclair, novelist, born Edinburgh. Ref: 0417.02(LS)
17|4|1845 Lucy Bettina Walford born, Portobello, Midlothian. Ref: 0417.03(LS)
17|4|1932 Patrick Geddes, environmentalist, dies Ref: 0417.04(LS)

18|4|1825 Charles Roger, litterateur, born, Dunino, Fife Ref: 0418.01(LS)
18|4|1852 William M. Thackeray, Victorian novelist, in Glasgow where he visited Hill Head, ‘pronounced Hull Heed’. Ref: 0418.02(LS)
18|4|1936 Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham buried, Inchmahome, where his funeral oration was delivered by William Power, the critic. Ref: 0418.03(LS)

19|4|1824 Lord George Gordon Byron, poet, dies Ref: 0419.01(LS)
19|4|1902 Marion Lochhead, Lanarkshire poet, born. Ref: 0419.02(LS)
19|4|1995 [James Edmund] Neil Paterson (1915-1995), novelist and screen writer, dies in Crieff, Perthshire.

20|4|1707 Robert Foulis, printer and publisher, born, Glasgow. Ref: 0420.01(LS)
20|4|1796 George Robert Gleig, novelist, born Stirling. Ref: 0420.01(LS)
20|4|1943 Alan Bold, poet and critic, is born. Ref: 0420.01(LS)

21|4|1765 David Malloch, Crieff-born poet, dies. Ref: 0421.01(LS)
21|4|1914 S.R.Crockett, novelist, dies, Avignon. Ref: 0421.01(LS)

22|4|1765 James Grahame (1765-1811), poet, born Glasgow. Ref: 0422.01(LS)
22|4|1886 David Grant (1823-1886), poet, born in Banchory, dies, Edinburgh. Ref: 0422.01(LS)

23|4|1838 John Muir, environmentalist and author, is born, Dunbar. Ref: 0423.01(LS)

24|4|1567 First printed book in Gaelic, ‘Forms of Prayer’, translated by John Carsewell, published. Ref: 0424.01(LS)
24|4|1825 Robert Michael Ballantyne, novelist, born. Ref: 0424.02(LS)

25|4|1719 Daniel Defoe‘s Robinson Crusoe, inspired by the experiences of Alexander Selkirk of Lower Largo, Fife, first published. Ref: 0425.01(LS)
25|4|1996 John Lorne Campbell, folklorist, dies Italy Ref: 0425.02(LS)

26|4|1854 Henry Cockburn, judge and diarist dies. Ref: 0426.01(LS)
26|4|1981 Robert Garioch, poet, dies. Ref: 0426.01(LS)

27|4|1794 James Bruce, the African explorer dies at his Stirlingshire home, after falling down steps in his haste to offer assistance to a lady. Ref: 0427.01(LS)
27|4|1920 Edwin Morgan (1920-2010) , poet, is born in Glasgow. Ref: 0427.01(LS)

28|4|1898 William Soutar, poet, is born Perth. Ref: 0428.01
28|4|1936 Kenneth White, poet and professor at the Sorbonne, is born. Ref: 0428.02
28|4|1960 Ian [James] Rankin is born at Cardenden, Fife. He will create the notable Edinburgh detective, ‘Rebus’. Ref: 0428.03

29|4|1667 John Arbuthnott, creator of John Bull, born Kincardineshire. Ref: 0429.01
29|4|1885 Andrew Young, poet, is born, Elgin Ref: 0429.02(LS)
29|4|1938 Pittendriech McGillivray, sculptor and poet, dies. Ref: 0429.03(LS)

30|4|1845 Alexander Anderson, ‘Surfaceman’, miner-poet and librarian, is born. Ref: 0430.01

Literary Calendar Database: 72 entries                 Updated: 190514

 May

Last May a braw wooer cam down the lang glen,
And sair wi’ his love he did deave me;
I said there was naething I hated like men –
The deuce gae wi’m, to believe me, believe me

Robert Burns

1|5|1855 Marie Corelli, Gothic novelist, daughter of the Scottish journalist and song-writer Charles MacKay, is born. Ref: 0501.01(LS)
1|5|1912 The statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, by Sir George Frampton, also responsible for the decoration of the facade of the Glasgow Art Galleries, appeared. It was said, of course, that the fairies had put it there, but it was paid for by J.M.Barrie. Ref: 0501.02
1|5|1917 Wilfred Owen, war poet, is diagnosed as neurasthenic and sent to Craiglockhart War Hospital, Slateford, near Edinburgh, to recuperate. Ref: 0501.03(LS)
1|5|2009 Carol Ann Duffy, the first Scottish poet laureate, succeeds Andrew Motion in the position. One of her first poems in that capacity celebrates Catherine Lockerbie (b.1958), the retiring Director of the Edinburgh Book Festival. 0501.04

2|5|1779 John Galt, novelist, is born, Irvine. Ref: 0502. 01(LS)
2|5|1879 Maurice Walsh, author of The Key Above the Door and other novels, is born in Ireland Ref: 0502. 02(LS)
2|5|1936 Mairi Hedderwick, writer and illustrator is born, Greenock. Ref: 0502. 03(LS)

3|5|1845 Thomas Hood, the comic poet who was brought up in Dundee, dies Ref: 0503.01(LS)
3|5|1901 Beau Austin and Macaire, two neglected plays by R.L.Stevenson and W.E.Henley, are performed at a charity matinee in Her Majesty’s Theatre, London. Ref: 0503.02(LS)

4|5|1726 William Roy (1726-90), major-general, map-maker and antiquary, is born Milton Head, Lanarkshire Ref: 0504.01(LS)

5|5|1852 Charles St John (1809-1856), naturalist, described finding a perigrine falcon’s nest on the cliffs between Lossiemouth and Burghead in his journal. Ref: 0505.01
5|5|1902 Bret Harte, American novelist, who was US Consul in Glasgow 1880-85, dies Ref: 05 05.02
5|5|1927 Virginia Woolf‘s To the Lighthouse, set in the Hebrides, is published. Critics receive it favourably, but complain that her description of the flora and fauna is totally inaccurate.Ref: 0505.03(LS)

6|5|1825 Lady Ann Lindsay (Barnard) dies Ref: 0506.01(LS)
6|5|1907 John Watson, the novelist ‘Ian Maclaren’, dies on a lecture tour in America Ref: 0506.02(LS)

7|5|1797 Elizabeth Grant of Rothiemurchus, diarist, is born, Edinburgh Ref: 0507.01(LS)
7|5|1871 John Joy Bell, journalist, novelist and travel-writer, is born Ref: 0507.02(LS)

8|5|1691 Sir George MacKenzie of Rosehaugh, who, as Lord Advocate, first established (in 1689) the library which became The National Library of Scotland, dies Ref: 05 08.01(LS)
8|5|1753 Oliver Goldsmith, playwright, describes in a letter a Highland Tour lasting a month which he has made while he was a student in Edinburgh Ref: 0508.02(LS)
8|5|1969 A plaque in Westminster Abbey commemorating Lord Byron, who had died in 1824, is finally permitted.Ref: 0508.03(LS)
8|5|1943 Pat Barker, writer, is born. She will write Regeneration (1991) describing the lives of the War Poets incarcerated at Craiglockhart. Ref: 0508.04(LS)

9|5|1860 J.M.Barrie, novelist and playwright, is born, Kirriemuir, Angus. Ref: 0509.01(LS)
9|5|1909 Robert Garioch Sutherland [‘Robert Garioch’], poet, is born in Edinburgh. He will write many amusing poems in the Scots tongue. Ref: 0509.02(LS)

10|5|1765 In his Travels in France and Italy Tobias Smollett, at Aix en Provence, describes Cannes, Frejus, Toulon and Marseilles. Ref: 0510.01(LS)

11|5|1793  William Tait , publisher, is born Ref: 0511.01(LS)
11|5|1882  Dr. John Brown, the much-loved miscellaneous writer, dies, Edinburgh. Ref: 0511.02(LS)
11|5|2008 Jeff Torrington, writer, dies in Paisley, Renfrewshire. He has taken thirty years to write his masterpiece Swing Hammer Swing (1992), which wins the Whitbread Prize. Ref: 0511.03

12|5|1943 Roderick Watson, poet and professor of English, is born, Aberdeen Ref: 0512.01(LS)

13|5|1785 First Edition of The Edinburgh Advertiser is published.Ref: 0513.01(LS)
13|5|1951 Walter Carruthers Sellar, Aberdeen-born co-author of 1066 and All That dies Ref: 0513.02(LS)
13|5|1962 Kathleen Jamie, poet, is born Dundee. Ref: 0513.03(LS)

14|5|1692 Robert Kirk (1644-1692), author of The Secret Commonwealth dies or, according to some, is transported to Fairyland, on Doon Hill, Aberfoyle Ref: 0514.01(LS)

15|5|1824 Alexander Campbell, musician, poet and author of a A Journey from Edinburgh through parts of North Britain, with drawings made ‘on the spot’ by the writer (1802), dies. Ref: 0515.01(LS)
15|5|1886 Helen B. Cruikshank, poet, is born , Angus Ref: 0515.02(LS)
15|5|1887 Edwin Muir, poet, is born at Deerness, Orkney Ref: 0515.03(LS)

16|5|1763 James Boswell and Doctor Johnson meet for the first time in Tom Davies’ London bookshop. Aware of Johnson’s prejudices Boswell admits; “I do indeed come from Scotland, but I cannot help it.” In 1791, on the anniversary of their first meeting in a Covent Garden coffee house, Boswell’s Life of Johnson is published. Ref: 0516.01(LS)
16|5|1928 William Nicholson (1782-1849), the Galloway poet, dies in poverty. Ref: 0516.02(LS)

17|5|1810 Robert Tannahill, poet, dies. Ref: 0517.01(LS)
17|5|1959 Sir David Bone, master mariner and novelist, dies. Ref: 0517.02(LS)

18|5|1785 John Wilson, ‘Christopher North’, is born at 63, High Street, Paisley. Ref: 0518.01(LS)

19|5|1795 James Boswell dies in London, aged 54. Ref: 0519.01(LS)
19|5|1814 Thomas Moore describes a supper at which Lord Byron finishes two or three lobsters, washed down by half a dozen glasses of strong brandy, with tumblers of hot water. Ref: 0519.02(LS)
19|5|1834 Thomas Carlyle reaches London and begins house-hunting. He finds a small old-fashioned house in Cheyne Row, Chelsea. Mrs. Carlyle follows and confirms his choice. Ref: 0519.03(LS)
19|5|1895 Charles Hamilton Sorley (1895-1915) poet, is born in Aberdeen. Robert Graves pronounces Sorley ‘one of the three poets of importance killed during the war’, rating him alongside Wilfred Owen Ref: 0519.04(LS)
19|5|1932 W.H.Auden‘s Orators, on which he worked while a schoolmaster in Scotland, is first published Ref: 0519.05(LS)

20|5|1650 James Graham, Marquis of Montrose finalises a poem on the eve of his execution. Ref: 0520.01(LS)
20|5|1946 Jane Helen Findlater, novelist, dies, Comrie, Perthshire. Ref: 0520.01(LS)

21|5|1929 Lord Rosebery (1847-1929), Prime Minister and Burns enthusiast who supervised the celebration of the centenary of the poet’s death, dies Ref: 0521.01(LS)

22|5|1832 Sir James Mackintosh, political philosopher, dies Ref: 0522.01(LS)
22|5|1859 (Sir) Arthur Conan Doyle is is born in Edinburgh. Ref: 0522.02(LS)
22|5|1948 James Hunter, authentic historian of Highland life, is born Duror, Argyll. Ref: 0522.03(LS)
22|5|1970 Willa Anderson (Muir), novelist and translator, dies of heart failure in hospital at Dunoon Ref: 0522.04(LS)

23|5|1928 Ronald Frame, novelist, is born Glasgow.  His novels will include A Long weekend With Marcel Proust and the novella, Walking My Mistress in Deauville Ref: 0523.01

24|5|1825 R.M.Ballantyne, novelist, is born, Edinburgh Ref: 0524.01(LS)
24|5|1926 Agnes Owens, novelist, is born Bearsden. Ref: 0524.02(LS)

25|5|1804 James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, in Cowal during a Highland tour.Ref: 0525.01(LS)

26|5|1967 W.L. Lorimer, author of The New Testament in Scots, dies. Ref: 0526.01(LS)

27|5|1862 Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane, pamphleteer and advocate of women’s rights, is born Ref: 05 27.01(LS)
27|5|1785 John Colquhoun, sportsman and author, dies Ref: 05 27.01(LS)

28|5|1882 Robert Watson (1882-1948), novelist, is born, Glasgow Ref: 0528.01(LS)

29|5|1697 Martin Martin (d.1719) set out on his Voyage to St Kilda. He provides the first description of the remotest of the British Isles. Ref: 0529.01(LS)
29|5|1848 Thomas Dick Lauder, minor novelist, dies. Ref: 0529.02(LS)

30|5|1977 Guy McCrone, novelist, dies, Windermere Ref: 0530.01(LS)

31|5|1701 Alexander Cruden (1701-1770), author of a famous biblical concordance, is born, Aberdeen. Ref: 0531.01(LS)
31|5|1913 James Currie, early biographer of Robert Burns, is born Kirkpatrick Fleming, Dumfries-shire. Ref: 0531.02(LS)

Literary Calendar Database:     61 entries Updated: 190514

 

June

Of The Day Estivall

The rivers fresh, the caller streams,
O’er rocks can softly rin;
The water clear like crystal seems,
And makes a pleasant din

Alexander Hume [1557-1609]

1|6|1935 John McGrath (1935-2002), dramatist, born in Birkenhead, Cheshire. He becomes Artistic Director of the 7:84 Theatre Company, and in 1971 his play The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil takes Scotland by storm. Ref: 0601.01

2|6|1789 John Wilson (1720-1789), Lanarkshire-born author of the epic descriptive poem The Clyde, dies at Greenock, Renfrewshire. Ref: 0602.01
2|6|1863 Neil Munro, novelist, is born at Inveraray. His highly successful historical novels will include John Splendid (1898), and The New Road (1914). Ref: 0602.02
2|6|1935 Carol Shields, American novelist author of The Stone Diaries is born. In 1963 she will meet her future husband, a Canadian, in Aberfoyle, Perthshire. Ref: 0602.03

3|6|1771 (Reverend) Sydney Smith (1771-1845), clergyman and wit, born at Woodford, Essex. With Francis Jeffrey, Henry Brougham and Francis Horner he starts the Edinburgh Review in 1802. Ref: 0603.01
3|6|1774 Robert Tannahill (1774-1810), poet, born at 8 Castle Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire. His enormously popular songs will include Jessie, the Flower o’ Dunblane. Ref: 0603.02

4|6|1724 (Reverend) William Gilpin, apostle of the Picturesque in Scotland, born in Cumberland. His enthusiastic brand of tourism is later satirised by William Combe in Doctor Syntax (1812), and in Doctor Prosody (1821) which describes a visit to Scotland. Ref: 0604.01
4|6|1948 Valerie Gillies [née Simmons], poet,  is born Edmonton, Canada. She is brought up in Edinburgh and will write much-admired poetry providing new insights into the Scottish countryside. Ref: 0604.02(LS)
4|6|1955 Val McDermid is born. She grows up in Kirkcaldy, Fife, and will write successful crime novels.

5|6|1747 Record of books borrowed from the Innerpeffray Library, near Crieff in Perthshire (founded in1691), begins. Ref: 0605.01(LS)
5|6|1913 Douglas Young (1913-73), poet and translator, born at Tayport in Fife. Ref: 0605.02(LS)
5|6|1928 James Kennaway (1928-68), novelist, is born at Auchterarder. In 1956 he will publish his first novel, Tunes of Glory, which, as a screenwriter, he will turn into a highly successful film in 1960. Ref: 0605.03(LS)

6|6|1912 William Douglas Home (1912-92), playwright, born. His comedies of manners will include The Chiltern Hundreds, and a play about the dilemma faced by his brother who became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Ref: 0606.01(LS)
6|6|1918 Tom Scott (1918-95) is born in Glasgow. In 1952 he will attend Newbattle Abbey College and meet Edwin Muir. In 1953 he will publish translations into Scots of the poems of François Villon and embark on a career as a poet. Ref: 0606.02(LS)

7|6|1835 George Birkbeck Hill (1835-1903), headmaster and authority on Boswell and Johnson is born in Tottenham. In 1889 he follows his heroes to the Hebrides, and writes Footsteps of Samuel Johnson (Scotland), illustrated by Lancelot Speed. Ref: 0607.01

8|6|1768 Andrew Millar (1707-1768), a London publisher who was born in Scotland, dies. He has published both Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary and David Hume’s History. In 1755 his generosity to authors led Johnson to say: ‘I respect Millar, sir; he has raised the price of literature’. Ref: 0608.01
8|6|1882 James Thomson (1834-82), the Scottish author of the melancholy epic poem about Victorian urban life, The City of Dreadful Night, dies. Ref: 0608.02

9|6|1881 Andrew Wilson (1830-91), author of one of the first books about the Himalayas, The Abode of Snow, dies. Ref: 0609.01
9|6|1938 Giles Havergal, successful director of the Glasgow Citizens’ Theatre, is born. Ref: 0609.02.
9|6|1946 James Kelman, novelist, is born in Glasgow. He will tranform the Scottish literary scene with his realistic novels about Glasgow life, The Busconductor Hines (1984), A Disaffection (1989) and the Booker prizewinning How late it was, how late . Ref: 0609.03
9|6|2013 Iain Banks, novelist, dies. He was born in Dunfermline and is perhaps best known for his novels The Wasp Factory, The Crow Road and Complicity, but he also had an enthusiastic following as a writer of Science Fiction. Ref 0609.04

10|6|1901 Robert Williams Buchanan (1841-1901), poet and critic, at one-time resident at Soroba House, Oban, dies. Ref: 0610.01
10|6|1920 James Allan Ford, civil servant and novelist, born, Auchtermuchty, Fife. Ref: 0610.02

11|6|1793 William Robertson (1721-93), the historian who was a central figure during the Scottish Enlightenment, dies. Ref: 0611.01(LS)
11|6|1903 William Ernest Henley (1849-1903), the poet, dramatist, editor and critic, dies. An amputee, in 1873 he had gone to Edinburgh where he was cared for by Joseph Lister. There he met R.L.Stevenson, a lifelong friend. His most famous poem, Invictus, was written in 1875, and contains the line “my head is bloody, but unbowed.” Ref: 0611.02(LS)

12|6|1759 William Collins (1721-59), the English poet who wrote an Ode on the Popular Superstitions of the Highlands, dies Ref: 0612.01(LS)

13|6|1922 James Logie Robertson, the poet who, as ‘Hugh Haliburton’, was the author of Scots versions of the poems of Horace, dies Ref: 0613.01(LS)
13|6|1951 William Power, the leading Scottish literary critic of his generation, dies Ref: 0613.02(LS)

14|6|1794 John Gibson Lockhart (1794-1854), lawyer, novelist and critic, is born at Cambusnethan in Lanarkshire. He will marry Sir Walter Scott’s daughter, and write his father-in-law’s biography. Ref: 0614.01(LS)
14|6|1908| Kathleen Raine (1908-2003), the daughter of a Scottish mother who will become Britain’s most important twentieth century nature poet, is born. She will enjoy a tempestuous relationship with Gavin Maxwell, and much of her finest poetry will be inspired by the landscapes of Wester Ross. Ref: 0614.02(LS)
14|6|1914| Ruthven Todd, poet and novelist, is born, in Edinburgh. Ref: 0614.03(LS)

15|6|1844 Thomas Campbell, poet, dies. It was Campbell – a Glasgow man – who first said, supposedly inspired by a view of Edinburgh, “’Tis distance lends enchantment to the view.” Ref: 0615.01

16|6|1807 Rev. John Skinner (1721-1807), the Aberdeenshire song writer, dies Ref: 0616.01(LS)
16|6|1872 Norman Macleod, the influential editor of Good Words, dies. Ref: 0616.02(LS)
16|6|2000 Flora Garry, poet, dies in Comrie. She is buried at New Deer close to her birthplace. Ref: 0616.03

17|6|1911 James Cameron (1911-85), inspired foreign correspondent, is born. His first job as a journalist is in Dundee. Ref: 0617.01(LS)
17|6|1943 Annie Shepherd Swan, prolific popular novelist, dies Ref: 0617.02(LS)
17|6|2006 Jackie Kay (b.1961), poet and novelist, becomes an MBE. She has been born in Edinburgh and raised in Bishopbriggs. Her early collection The Adoption Papers (1991) wins great acclaim.

18|6|1827 Alexander Balloch Grosart (1827-1899), author and editor, is born at Stirling. Ref: 0618.01(LS)
18|6|1942 (Sir) Paul Macartney, Liverpool singer/songwriter who is to later make a home in Kintyre in Scotland, is born Ref: 0618.02(LS)

19|6|1566 James VI, minor poet and King of Scots, is born. He becomes known as ‘the wisest fool in Christendom’. Ref: 0619.01(LS)
19|6|1931 Sir James Barrie (1860-1937), novelist and dramatist, dies. Ref: 0619.02(LS)
19|6|1937 Tom Buchan, poet, is born in Glasgow Ref: 0619.03(LS)

20|6|1723 Adam Ferguson, philosopher, is born at Logierait, Perthshire. He becomes a professor of philosophy and a friend of Sir Walter Scott Ref: 0620.01(LS)
20|6|1823 Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849), Irish novelist, visits the Trossachs, and thinks of Sir Walter Scott and her feelings on visiting the scenery he has made famous in The Lady of the Lake. Ref: 0620.02(LS)
20|6|1887 The new Tay Bridge, like its predecessor the subject of an ode by the notorious poet, William McGonagall, is opened Ref: 0620.03(LS)

21|6|2014 Aestival, midsummer day, subject of a memorable poem, Of the Day Estivall (1599), by the courtier-poet Alexander Hume (c1556-1609). Ref: 0621.01
21|6|1818: William Edmonstoune Aytoun (1813-65), poet and humourist, is born in Edinburgh. Ref: 0621.02

22|6|1812 Henry Mackenzie, the famous novelist, reads his account of the life of John Home, the famous dramatist, before the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Ref: 0622.01(LS)

23|6|1903 Frank Fraser Darling (1903-79), naturalist and author, born in England. He will work in Edinburgh and the Highlands and write the definitive Natural History of the Highlands and Islands (1947). Ref: 0623.01(LS)
23|6|1913 John Prebble populariser of Scottish history who will die on 30 January, 2001, is born in London
24|6|1795 William Smellie, editor of and key contributor to the first Encyclopaedia Britannica of 1768, dies. Ref: 0624.01(LS)

25|6|1684 Archbishop Robert Leighton (1611-84), who was so modest that he refused any of his works to be published while he was alive, dies at the Bell Inn, Warwick Lane, London. He leaves his valuable library to the diocese of Dunblane where he was Bishop after the Restoration. It is still open to the public. Ref: 0625.01(LS)
25|6|1816 Hugh Henry Brackenridge, the Argyll-born author who became one of the first American novelists, dies. Ref: 0625.02(LS)
25|6|1897 Margaret Oliphant, a leading Victorian Scottish novelist, dies. Ref: 0625.03(LS)

26|6|1769 Thomas Pennant leaves Chester to embark on his first Tour of Scotland. Ref: 0626.01(LS)
26|6|1791 John Mactaggart (1791-1830), encyclopædist and civil engineer, is born in the parish of Borgue, Kirkcudbrightshire. Mactaggart’s Scottish Gallovidian Encyclopedia, is published in 1824, and is a clever medley of local history, etymologies, verses, and biographies Ref: 0626.02(LS)

27|6|1843 John Murray, publisher, dies Ref: 0627.01(LS)
27|6|1885 W.L.Lorimer, author of The New Testament in Scots, is born. Ref: 0627.02(LS)
27|6|1949 F. S. Smythe, the author and climber who believed that he saw the remnants of a supernatural army above the Falls of Glomach, dies. Ref: 0627.03(LS)

28|6|1802 Thomas Garnett, professor at the Andersonian Institution in Glasgow and author of a significant Highland Tour, dies Ref: 0628.01(LS)
28|6|1935 The first ten Penguins, which include Compton MacKenzie‘s Carnival, are published Ref: 0628.02(LS)

29|6|1787 Robert Burns (1759-1796) is made a freeman of Dumbarton at the end of his West Highland tour. Ref: 0629.01(LS)
29|6|1833 The Schoolmaster and Edinburgh Weekly Magazine, a journal, conducted and almost wholly written by the novelist Mrs. Christian Johnstone is converted into ‘Johnstone’s Edinburgh Magazine,’ published monthly Ref: 0629.02(LS)

30|6|1709 Edward Lhuyd, the Celtic Scholar who first recorded many Hebridean folk stories, dies Ref: 0630.01(LS)
30|6|1761 Thomas Sheridan (1719-1788), the famous Irish actor and teacher of elocution, commences a series of lectures on ‘The English Tongue’ in Edinburgh. Ref: 0630.02
30|6|1798 Alexander Dyce (1798-1869), scholar, is born in Edinburgh. He will edit the works of Shakespeare and others, and leave a valuable library of books and manuscripts to the Victoria and Albert Museum. Ref: 0630.03(LS)
30|6|1922 Molly Hunter, novelist, is born Longniddry. She will write many adventure stories for children. Ref: 0630.04(LS)

Literary Calendar Database: 62 entries              Updated: 190514

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