John Gibson Lockhart


The son of a clergyman, John Gibson Lockhart studied at Glasgow and Balliol College Oxford (B.C.L. 1817, created D.C.L. 1834). Lockhart practiced law and contributed to Blackwood's Magazine from its founding in 1817. He was afterwards editor of the Quarterly Review (1825-53) and the son-in-law of Walter Scott, whose biography he later wrote. The "Cockney School" essays in Blackwood's Magazine that abused Hunt, Keats, and Hazlitt are generally attributed to Lockhart.


1817On the Cockney School of Poetry. No. I.
1817On the Cockney School of Poetry. No. II.
1818Letter from Z. to Mr. Leigh Hunt.
1818The Cockney School of Poetry. No. III.
1818The Cockney School of Poetry. No. IV.
1819Peter's Letters to his Kinsfolk. [History of Blackwood's Magazine.]
1828Review of Leigh Hunt, Lord Byron and some of his Contemporaries


Lectures on ancient and modern literature [Schlegel, trans. Lockhart]. 1815.
Peter's letters to his kinfolk [with John Wilson]. 3 vols, 1819.
Valerius: a Roman story. 3 vols, 1821.
Some passages in the life of Mr Adam Blair ... a novel. 1822.
Reginald Dalton: a story of English university life. 3 vols, 1823.
Ancient Spanish ballads, historical and romantic: translated. 1823, 1841.
The history of Matthew Wald: a novel. 1824.
Janus: or the Edinburgh literary almanack [editor, with John Wilson]. 1826.
Life of Robert Burns. 1828.
The history of Napoleon Buonaparte. 1829.
The history of the late war... for children. 1832.
Poetical works of Walter Scott [editor]. 12 vols, 1833-34.
Memoirs of the life of Sir Walter Scott. 7 vols, 1837-38.
Noctes ambrosianae [with Wilson, et. al.] 1843.
Lockhart's literary criticism, ed. Margaret Clive Hildyard. 1931.