1854 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Allan Cunningham

Robert Shelton Mackenzie, Note in Noctes Ambrosianae, ed. Mackenzie (1854) 2:34n.



R. H. Cromeck, who had collected the poetical Reliques of Burns, set about gathering the Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song. He had seen and much underrated some poems by Allan Cunningham, then an artisan in Dumfries. Cunningham, vexed at this want of appreciation, resolved to write in the old strain, and sent Cromek as much material as filled an 8vo. volume, which Cromek published in 1810. Much discussion ensued as to the authorship of the "Remains;" the book sold, much to Cromek's advantage; Cunningham's authorship transpired, he became a newspaper reporter in London, wrote much in prose and verse which has given him a high reputation, became managing man to Chantrey the sculptor, continued in that situation for nearly thirty years, and died in October, 1842.