ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

George Chalmers

(1742-1825)


George Chalmers, antiquary and political economist, was born at Fochabers in 1742; he studied under Thomas Reid at King's College Aberdeen and at Edinburgh University. Chalmers emigrated to Baltimore where he practiced law before he was led by Royalist principles to return to London in 1775. He was rewarded for his loyalty and writings on political economy with a position of clerk in the Board of Trade. George Chalmers, who traded ballads and antiquarian materials with Walter Scott, is not to be confused with his contemporary, Alexander Chalmers, who edited the British Poets. Three volumes of his Caledonia, a massive topographical and antiquarian work, had appeared at the time of his death.


TEXT RECORDS:

1799A Supplemental Apology for the Believers in the Shakspeare-Papers.

PUBLICATIONS:

A history of the united colonies. 1780.
Life of Daniel De Foe. 1785.
An estimate of the comparative strength of Great Britain during the present and four preceding reigns. 1786.
Historical tracts, by Sir John Davies [ed. Chalmers]. 1786.
Life of Thomas Ruddiman. 1794.
An apology for the believers in the Shakspear papers. 1797.
A supplemental apology for the believers in the Shakspear papers. 1799.
An appendix to the supplemental apology. 1800.
Poems of Allan Ramsay [ed. Chalmers]. 1800.
Caledonia. 3 vols, 1807, 1810, 1824.
A tract ... in answer to Malone's account of Shakspear's Tempest. 1815.
Life of Mary Queen of Scots. 2 vols, 1818.
The poetical remains of some of the Scottish kings. 1824.
Robene and Makyn, and the Testament of Cressid [Henryson, ed. Chalmers]. 1824.