William Richardson was born in Aberfoyle, Perthshire, the son of a minister, and was educated at the local school before attending Glasgow University (B.A. 1763). He was tutor to the children of Charles Cathcart, with whom he spent time in Russia (1768-72). In 1773 he became professor of humanity at the University of Glasgow where he was a lesser figure in the Scottish Enlightenment.
1774Hymn to Health.
1774Hymn to Solitude.
1774Hymn to the Muse.
1774Hymn to Virtue.
1774The Invitation. Written at St. Petersburgh.
1774The Relapse. An Idyllion.
1774To Health. An Idyllion.
1774To Mirth. An Idyllion.
A poetical address, in favour of the Corsicans. 1769.
A philosophical analysis and illustration of some of Shakespeare's remarkable characters. 1774.
Poems chiefly rural. 1774.
Ambition and luxury, a poetical epistle. 1778.
Anecdotes of the Russian empire. In a series of letters. 1784.
Essays on Shakespeare's dramatic characters of Richard the Third, King Lear, and Timon of Athens. 1784.
Essays on Shakespeare's dramatic character of Sir John Falstaff, and on his imitation of female characters. 1788.
The Cacique of Ontario. An Indian tale. 1789.
The Indians, a tragedy. 1790.