1842 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Pinkerton

C. H. Timperley, in Encyclopaedia of Literary and Typographical Anecdote (1842) 2:895.



1825, March 10. Died, JOHN PINKERTON, a voluminous historian, critic, and writer for the booksellers. In 1786 he published, in two vols. 8vo. Ancient Scottish poems, never before in print, but now published from the manuscript collection of sir Richard Maitland, of Lethington, knight, lord privy seal of Scotland, with large notes and a glossary. Pinkerton maintained that he had found the manuscript in the Pepysian library at Cambridge, and among his correspondence he sometimes alludes to the circumstance, with very admirable coolness. The forgery was one of the most audacious recorded in the annals of transcribing. He was born in Edinburgh, Feb. 17, 1758, and died at Paris in indigent circumstances, at the age of sixty-seven.