"The Scottish Horace Walpole" was the second son of Charles Sharp of Dumfriesshire. He attended Christ Church College Oxford (B.A. 1802, M.A. 1806) where he studied for the ministry. Sharp afterwards resided in Edinburgh as an eccentric literary recluse and friend of Sir Walter Scott. He collected ballads, edited antiquarian pamphlets, and published a volume of his etched portraits. Sharp's voluminous correspondence is a curious mixture of society gossip and antiquarian lore.
Metrical legends and other poems. 1807.
Secret and true history of the Church of Scotland [James Russell, ed. Sharpe]. 1817.
Memorialls; or the considerable things that fell out within this Island of Great Britain, from 1638 to 1684 [Robert Law, ed. Sharpe]. 1820.
A Ballad book; or, popular and romantic ballads and songs. 1824.
Portraits by an amateur. 1832.
Letters to and from Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe. 2 vols, 1888.
Letters of Walter Scott and Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe to Robert Chambers, 1821-41. 1904.