1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Gillespie

William Anderson, in Scottish Nation (1859-66) 2:303-04.



The Rev. William GILLESPIE, author of Consolation, and other Poems, eldest son of the Rev. John Gillespie, minister of Kells in Galloway, was born in the manse of that parish, February 18, 1776, and received the rudiments of his education at the parish school. In 1792 went to the university of Edinburgh to study for the church, and was appointed tutor to Mr., afterwards Sir Alexander, Don, baronet. Having been duly licensed as a preacher, he was, in 1801, ordained assistant minister and successor to his father, on whose death, in 1806, he became sole minister of Kells, In 1805 he published The Progress of Refinement, an Allegorical Poem; and in 1815, Consolation, and other Poems; but neither of these works evinced much poetical genius, and their sale was but limited. In July 1825 he married Miss Charlotte Hoggan; and soon after was seized with crysipelas, which terminated in general inflamation, and caused his death October 15 of that year, in the fiftieth year of his age. Besides communicating information to the Highland Society, of which he was a zealous and useful member, Mr. Gillespie occasionally furnished papers to various periodicals, and among other valuable contributions to literature, he wrote an elegant, and affecting account of John Lowe, author of "Mary's Dream," for Cromek's Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song.