1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Cameron

William Anderson, in Scottish Nation (1859-66) 1:543.



WILLIAM CAMERON, the Rev. author of the excellent congratulatory song on the restoration of the forfeited estates, 1784, inserted in Johnson's Musical Museum, was born in 1751, and having studied for the Church of Scotland, was in the usual time licensed to preach the gospel. In 1785 he became minister of the parish of Kirknewton. His first work, a Collection of Poems, printed at Edinburgh in 1780, 12mo, was anonymous. In 1781, along with the Rev. John Logan, of Leith, and the Rev. Dr. Morison, minister of Canisbay, in the county of Caithness, (who died in 1798,) Mr. Cameron rendered material assistance in preparing the collection of Paraphrases now in use in the Church of Scotland. He died in the manse of Kirknewton on the 17th of November, 1811, in the 60th year of his age, and the 26th of his ministry. A posthumous volume of poems was published by subscription at Edinburgh in 1813, 8vo. His song, on the restoration of the forfeited estates, beginning "As o'er the Highland hills I hied," was adapted to the fine old air, called The Haughs o' Cromdale. — Notes to Johnson's Musical Museum.