Little is known of Robert Cumming, identified in a contemporary hand in the British Library copy of his Poems as "Staymaker in Edin." He defeated the peddler-poet Alexander Wilson in a verse competition in 1791.
Poems on Several Occasions. To which is added, The History of Mr. Wallace. A Novel. 1791.
Essay ... on the question, "Whether have the exertions of Allan Ramsay or Robert Ferguson done most honour to Scottish poetry." To which is added, Willie and Jamie, an eclogue, in the Scottish dialect. 1791.