ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Drummond

(1585-1649)


William Drummond of Hawthornden, son of John Drummond, gentleman-usher to James VI and the nephew of the poet William Fowler, was knighted upon the succession of James to the English throne. He took his M.A. from Edinburgh (1605), studied law abroad, and became laird of Hawthornden in 1610. Drummond was devoted to the Stuart dynasty and was said to have died for grief at the death of Charles I. His poetry was particularly in vogue during the Elizabethan revival at the end of the eighteenth century.


TEXT RECORDS:

1613Teares on the Death of Meliades.
1615To the Author [Patrick Gordon].
1617Forth Feasting.
1619Heads of a Conversation betwixt the famous Poet Ben Johnson and William Drummond, January, 1619.
1638To the Exequies of Sr. Antonye Alexander: a Pastorall Elegie.

PUBLICATIONS:

Teares on the death of Meliades. 1613.
Mausoleum: or the choisest flowres of the epitaphs. 1613.
Poems. 1616.
In pious memorie of ... Euphemia Kyninghame. 1616.
Forth feasting: a panegyricke to the King's most excellent Majestie. 1617.
A midnight's trance. 1619.
Flowres of Sion: to which is adjoyned his Cypresse grove. 1623.
Auctarium bibliothecae Edinburgenae. 1627.
The entertainment of the high and mighty monarch Charles King of Great Britaine. 1633.
To the exequies of the honourable Sr Antonye Alexander, knight: a pastorall elegie. 1638.
Polemo-Medinia inter Vitarvam et Nebernam. 1645?
The history of Scotland, from the year 1423 until the year 1542. 1655.
Poems. 1656.
Works, ed. John Sage and Thomas Ruddiman. 1711, 1791.
Poems, ed. Peter Cunningham. 1833.
Poems, ed. William C. Ward. 2 vols, [1894].
Poetical works, ed. L. E. Kastner. 2 vols, 1913.
Ben Jonson's Conversations with William Drummond, ed. Richard F. Patterson. 1923.
Poems and prose, ed. Robert H. MacDonald. 1976.