1795 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Jerome Stone

Anonymous, in Gentleman's Magazine 65 (February 1795) 142-43.



Scoonie gave birth to Mr. Jerome Stone, who, changing his profession of a travelling chapman into that of an itinerant bookseller, acquired so much knowledge in Hebrew and Greek that he could interpret the Hebrew bible and aperturam libri, and afterwards Latin. He went to the university of Aberdeen, and became assistant schoolmaster at Dunkeld, where he applied himself to study the Erse, the primitive language of the ancient Scots. He collected a number of antient poems, the productions of Irish and Scottish bards, which he said were "daring, innocent, passionate, and bold." Some of these he translated into English verse, which several persons now alive have seen in MS. before Mr. Macpherson published any of his translations of Ossian. He died 1757, while preparing for the press an enquiry into the original of the nation and language of the antient Scots, with conjectures about the primitive state of the Celtic and other European nations, deriving both from the antient Gauls.