William Glen was descended from a wealthy Scottish family. He was a Glasgow merchant before losses forced him to retire on an annuity from his relatives. He acquired reputation as a wit and a poet before marrying a merchant's daughter and retiring to a cottage in Perthshire to recover his health. He died of consumption at the age of 37.
Poems, chiefly lyrical. 1815.
Songs on the late battles. 1815.
The lonely isle: a south-sea island tale. 1816.
Heath flowers: being a collection of poems, chiefly lyrical, written in the Highlands. 1817.
Reformiana: a poem. 1817.
The star of Brunswick. 1818.
The Glasgow Whigs of eighteen hundred and twenty-one. 1821.
Poetical remains, ed. Charles Rogers. 1874.