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