John Struthers left school at the age of eight to work as a cowherd on his grandmother's farm; he was instructed by Joanna Baillie, who later became his patron. He then took up his father's trade of making shoes, finding work in Glasgow, where he published a volume of poems he later suppressed. Struthers made his reputation with The Poor Man's Sabbath (1804). He continued making shoes until becoming a corrector and editor for the press in 1819. Later in life Struthers was librarian of Stirling's Public Library, Glasgow (1833-48). Struthers wrote a history of Scotland and contributed biographies to Chambers's Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen.
1801The Court of Ignorance.
1804The Poor Man's Sabbath.
1806The House of Mourning; or the Peasant's Death.
1814On the Abolition of the Slave Trade.
1824Epitaph II. Isabella Cunningham.
1824Stanzas on the Approach of Winter.
1824The Social Hour.
1825Stanzas, written for, and recited at the Opening of a Charity School.
Poems on various subjects. 1801.
The poor man's sabbath: a poem. 1804.
The peasant's death ... and other poems. 1806.
The winter day, with other poems. 1811.
Poems, moral and religious. 2 vols, 1814.
Essay on the state of the labouring poor. 1816.
The plough, and other poems. 1818.
Poems on various subjects, by William Muir [edited, with preface by Struthers]. 1818.
The harp of Caledonia: a collection of songs ... with an essay [ed. Struthers]. 3 vols, 1819.
The British minstrel; a selection of ballads, ed. Struthers. 1821.
The history of Scotland, from the Union to ... 1748. 2 vols, 1827.
Dychmont, a poem. 1836.
Scripture grounds for a national church ... in a letter to a friend. 1836.
The poor man's sabbath, and other poems. 1839.
Poetical works with autobiography. 2 vols, 1850.