1812 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. Andrew Macdonald

Stephen Jones, in Biographia Dramatica; or, A Companion to the Playhouse (1812) 1:408.



ANDREW MACDONALD was born at Leith, the son of George Donald, a gardener there (the Mc was prefixed by our author on his coming to London). By the assistance of Bishop Forbes, of Leith, he received a liberal education, and for some time had the charge of a chapel in Glasgow; in which city he made his maiden essay in the novel way, by the publication of The Independent. He afterwards came to London, and wrote many ingenious pieces in the newspapers; they were chiefly lively, satirical, and humorous, and his signature was Matthew Bramble. He was highly gifted with genius, and abundantly stored with scientific knowledge; but, for want of connexions in this kingdom, and proper opportunity to force his talents into notice, he struggled with great distress; and, in the 33d year of his age, died at Kentish Town, Aug. 22, 1790, a victim to a lingering infirmity, leaving a wife and daughter in a state of extreme indigence. A volume of his Miscellaneous Works was published in 8vo. 1791, in which were comprised the following dramatic pieces: 1. The Fair Apostate. T. 2. Love and Loyalty. O. 3. Princess of Tarento. C. 4. Vimonda. T. 8vo. 1788.