ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Ross

(1699-1784)


The son of a farmer, Alexander Ross was born in Aberdeenshire in 1699. He took his M.A. from Marischal College Aberdeen (1718), and worked as a tutor, and later as a schoolmaster at Lochlee in Angus (1732-84). His pastoral tale, The Fortunate Shepherdess imitated Allan Ramsay's Gentle Shepherd and was likewise popular, being regularly reprinted into the nineteenth century. Among Ross's admirers was James Beattie, who addressed a verse epistle to him in the local dialect.


TEXT RECORDS:

1768The Fortunate Shepherdess, a Pastoral Tale. In three Cantos.

PUBLICATIONS:

The fortunate shepherdess: a pastoral tale. 1768, 1778.
Scottish works of Alexander Ross, ed. Margaret Wattie. 1938.