1764 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Ramsay

David Erskine Baker, in Companion to the Play-House (1764) 2:Sig. Cc2.



Allan Ramsay is said to have been a Barber in Edinburgh. His Taste in Poetry, however, has justly raised him to a Degree of Fame that may in some Measure be consider'd as a Recompence for the Frowns of Fortune. — His Songs are in universal Esteem; as is also the only dramatic Performance attributed to him, viz. Roger and Patie, or the Gentle Shepherd. A Scots Pastoral. This Piece is frequently acted at the Little Theatre in the Haymarket, for the Benefit of one Lauder, a Singer; who himself usually performs a principal Part in it.

Our Northern Bard was Father to the ingenious Mr. Ramsay, a celebrated Painter of the present Age, and who has likewise distinguished himself by some well-written Tracts on various Branches of Polite Literature, particularly the Investigator.