William Hamilton of Bangour

Anonymous, Review of Hamilton, Poems on Several Occasions, The Monthly Review 24 (February 1761) 162.

Most of these pieces have already appeared in print; but this is the first compleat edition of Mr. Hamilton's works. He himself prepared it for the press; but did not live to compleat the publication. He was a Gentleman of considerable fortune, and of an ancient and honourable family in Scotland. He appears to have been a man of a honourable family in Scotland. He appears to have been a man of a social turn, well bred, had travelled, and acquired a thorough knowledge of mankind. As to his genius, tho' not greatly elevated, it was by no means inconsiderable: somewhat upon a par with our Pomfret's; or Dean Parnel's. His verses are very unequal: some harmonious and pleasing; others rugged, and difficult to repeat. His turn was chiefly for a song, verses to a Lady, and imitation of Horace, an Ode from Anacreon, an Epitaph, a familiar Epistle to a Friend, and such like short and unlaboured productions: written, we apprehend, purely as the French say, "pour passer le tems" — for the amusement of a Gentleman, whose acquired taste, perhaps, rather than native genius, led him to make occasional addresses to the Muses.