ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Hamilton of Bangour

(1704-1754)


The son of a lawyer, Hamilton published poems in Allan Ramsay's Tea Table Miscellany; he supported the Jacobite rising in 1745, went into hiding, fled to France, was pardoned, returned and eventually died at Lyons. Hamilton's ballad, "Braes of Yarrow" was once one of the best-known eighteenth-century poems.


TEXT RECORDS:

1736 ca.On seeing a Lady sit to her Picture. In imitation of Spencer's Stile.
1739 ca.Contemplation: or, the Triumph of Love.
1739Ode I. To Fancy.
1739Ode II.

PUBLICATIONS:

The faithful few: an ode inscribed to all lovers of their country. 1734.
Eighteenth epistle of the second book of Horace imitated. 1737.
Three odes. 1739.
Contemplation: the triumph of love. 1747.
Poems on several occasions. 1748.
Poems and songs, ed. James Paterson. 1850.