James Hyslop was born in Dumfrieshire, where he was raised by his grandparents. After rudimentary education at Kirkconnel School he worked as a shepherd. Applying himself to books, in 1818 became a schoolteacher at Greenock. Hyslop contributed poems, stories, and essays to the Edinburgh Magazine, but failing to find patronage took a position as a shipboard tutor and traveled to South America. In 1825 he was employed as a journalist in London and taught Latin. In 1827 he undertook another voyage, during which he died of fever off the Cape Verde Islands.
1820Scottish Imitation of a Passage in Tasso's Aminta.
1822 ca.Letter to Anna.
1822 ca.Letter to your Sister.
1822 ca.Stanzas on the cutting out of the "Esmerelda" Spanish Frigate.
1822 ca.To Anna.
1823To Anna. — Wishes.
1823 ca.To Mr. John Laidlaw. (On his Marriage.)
1824The Scottish Sacramental Sabbath.
Poems; with a sketch of his life, and notes on his poems, by Peter Mearns. 1887.