1876 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Dugald Moore

James Grant Wilson, in Poets of Scotland (1876) 2:268.



DUGALD MOORE, a poet of very superior power, well known in the west of Scotland, was born in Stockwell Street, Glasgow, August 12, 1805. His parents were in humble circumstances, and at an early age he was apprenticed to Mr. James Lumsden, stationer, Queen Street, in whom he found his earliest and most efficient patron. By Mr. Lumsden's exertions his first work, The African, and other Poems, was brought out in 1829. This was succeeded by no fewer than five other volumes of poems, all published between the years 1829 and 1839, and all liberally subscribed for. The pecuniary success of his early publications enabled Moore to set up as a bookseller and stationer in his native city, where he was gradually rising in wealth and reputation, when suddenly cut off by inflammation, January 2, 1841. He died unmarried, having resided all his life with his mother, to whom he was much attached. In the Necropolis, where he lies buried, a massive monument surrounded by a bust was erected to his memory by his person friends and admirers.

Moore was pre-eminently self-taught, his education at school having been of the most scanty description. All his works, though subject in some cases to object on the score of accuracy or sound taste, display unequivocal marks of genius. He possessed a vigorous and fertile imagination, great force of diction, and freedom of versification. His muse loved to dwell on the vast, the grand, the terrible in nature. He dealt little in matters of everyday life or everyday feeling. Professor Wilson said of his African and other Poems, and Bard of the North, "My ingenious friend Dugald Moore of Glasgow, whose poems — both volumes — are full of uncommon power and frequently exhibit touches of true genius."