1899 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Sir James Bland Burges

Rowland E. Prothero, in Byron, Letters and Journals, ed. Rowland E. Prothero (1898-1901) 3:125n.



Sir James Bland Burges married, (1) in 1777, the Hon. Elizabeth Noel, daughter of Lord Wentworth, and sister of Lady Milbanke; (2) in 1780, Anne, daughter of Colonel Montolieu; (3) in 1812, Lady Margaret Fordyce, nee Lindsay, who had been his boyish love. Sir James was the "Jamie" of Auld Robin Gray, written by Lady Anne Barnard, sister of Lady Margaret. Besides several volumes of poetry and legal works, he published, in 1816, a volume of Dramas. The following is the letter with which he introduces his Cortez to the Sub-Committee:—

"Lower Brook Street, Tuesday.

MY DEAR LORD, — I send you Cortez. You will be the best judge whether my savage will do for Kean. I have tried to keep him as true to nature as I can, which I take to be a safer course than to make him too eloquent. At all events, I give you shew and bustle enough, and that too naturally connected with the story. My best compliments to Lady Byron.

Ever your faithful

J. B. BURGES.

I have no other copy. If this goes, I am undone."