Dr. David Macbeth Moir


David Macbeth Moir was born at Musselburgh, Scotland where he studied at the local grammar school before taking studying medicine at Edinburgh University. He took his surgeon's diploma in 1816 and set up a practice at his native town. Moir wrote for the Scots Magazine and later contributed nearly 400 items to Blackwood's Magazine under the pseudonym "Delta." He edited the poems of Felicia Hemans, was a member of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and contributed voluminously to the gift books and annuals, to which his style was well suited. Moir uses epigraphs from Spenser in several of his poems.


1819Christabel, Part Third.
1820Elegy composed on the Field of Pinkie.
1821British Eclogues. No. I. Mary, — the Soldier's Bride.
1821British Eclogues. No. II. The Mariner's last Visit.
1821Familiar Letter from the Adjunctant, containing Projects, Promises, and Imitations.
1822Stanzas on an Infant.
1825The Night-Hawk
1828The Castle of Time. A Vision.


The bombardment of Algiers and other poems. 1816.
The legend of Genevieve with other tales and poems by Delta. 1824.
The life of Mansie Wauch, taylor in Dalkeith, written by himself [fiction]. 1828.
Outlines of the ancient history of medicine. 1831.
Practical observations on malignant cholers. 1832.
Proofs of the contagion of malignant cholers. 1832.
Biographical memoir of the late Mrs. Hemans. 1836.
Memoir of Galt. 1841.
Domestic verses by Delta. 1843.
Sketches of the poetical literature of the past half-century, in six lectures. 1851.
Poetical works. ed. Thomas Aird. 2 vols, 1852.
The Roman antiquities of Inveresk. 1860.