1803 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Robert Fergusson

Thomas Sommers, in Life of Robert Fergusson (1803) 45.



He was about five feet six inches high, and well shaped. His complexion fair, but rather pale. His eyes full, black, and piercing. His nose long, his lips thin, his teeth well set and white. His neck long and well proportioned. His shoulders narrow, and his limbs long, but more sinewy than fleshy. His voice strong, clear, and melodious. Remarkably fond of old Scots songs, and the best singer of the "Birks of Invernay" I ever heard. When speaking, he was quick, forcible, and complaisant. In walking he appeared smart, erect, and unaffected.