ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Andrew Erskine

(1739-1793)


Alexander Erskine was a younger son of Alexander Erskine, the fifth Earl of Kellie, who spent three years in Edinburgh Castle as punishment for supporting the Jacobites in the 1745 uprising. The son was a lieutenant in the 71st Foot, a composer, a correspondent of James Boswell's and an acquaintance of Robert Burns. He died by suicide. Erskine contributed to A Collection of Original Poems by the Rev. Mr. Blacklock and other Scotch Gentlemen (1760). His biographers fail to mention that he died a suicide.


TEXT RECORDS:

1760A Pastoral Ballad.
1760A Pastoral Ballad. In the Manner of Shenstone.
1760The Chairmen: A Town-Eclogue.
1761An Epistle, to James Boswell, Esq.
1761Ode to Fear.
1761Ode upon a Jew's Harp.
1762Ode to Impudence.
1762To Indolence.
1773Town-Eclogues: The Hangmen.
1773Town-Eclogues: The Harlequins.
1773Town-Eclogues: The Street-Walkers.
1773Town-Eclogues: The Undertakers.

PUBLICATIONS:

B***, J***. An elegy on the death of an amiable young lady. 1761.
Two odes. To indolence, and to impudence. 1762.
Critical strictures on the new tragedy of "Elvira," written by Mr. David Malloch. 1763.
Letters between the Honorable Andrew Erskine and James Boswell, esq. 1763.
Critical strictures on the new tragedy of Elvira. 1765.
Town eclogues. 1773.