1859 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Joseph Grant

William Anderson, in Scottish Nation (1859-66) 2:370.



JOSEPH GRANT, a pleasing writer of tales and poetry, chiefly in the Scottish dialect, was born in Kincardineshire, May 26, 1805. His father was a small farmer, and when old enough he was employed in the summer in tending cattle, while in winter he was sent to the school of his native parish, where he may be said to have acquired all the education he ever received. From his earliest years he was devoted to reading, and began to compose verses at the age of fourteen. In 1828 he published Juvenile Lays, a collection of poem; and in 1830 appeared his Kincardineshire Traditions, in one small volume. At a later period of his life he contributed several interesting Tales and Sketches, to Chambers' Edinburgh Journal. In 1831 he engaged as an assistant to a shopkeeper in Stonehaven, but the latter giving up business in a few months, he returned to his father's farm of Affrusk. Subsequently he was employed as a clerk in the Guardian newspaper office, Dundee, and latterly in that of Mr. Alexander Miller, writer there. He was engaged preparing a volume of his Tales for the press, when he was seized with a cold which settled on his lungs, and, returning home for the benefit of his native air, he died at Affrusk, April 14, 1835. The volume alluded to was published, in 1836, under the title of Tales of the Glens, with Ballads and Songs, and a Memoir by Robert Nicoll, author of Poems and Lyrics.