Robert Alves was born into humble circumstances; he won a scholarship at Marischal College (M.A. 1766), where was a pupil and friend of James Beattie. He was afterwards schoolmaster at Deskford and Banff; crossed in love, he emigrated to Edinburgh in 1779. His literary history was written with the assistance of Lord Gardenstone.
1776Ode to Night.
1778Malevolence: an Ode.
1782Love and Wisdom: A Vision.
1788Time: an Elegy. Written near the Ruins of Elgin Cathedral.
1792Three Sonnets by Robert Alves, A.M.
1793Ode. By Robert Alves, A.M. (Being an Allusion to the Times.)
1794Sketches of a History of Literature: Of the Age of Chaucer and Spenser; and of their respective Characters.
Time, an Elegy, by a student of Marischal College. 1766.
Odes on several subjects. 1778.
Ode to Britannia. For the year 1780. 1780.
Edinburgh: a poem in two parts. Also, the weeping bards. 1789.
Sketches of a history of literature. Edinburgh, 1794.
Banks of Esk and other poems. 1801.