1891 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

John Gibson Lockhart

Samuel Smiles, in A Publisher and his Friends: Memoir of John Murray (1891) 1:477.



There were two young advocates walking the Parliament House in search of briefs; but the briefs never came. Yet they had plenty of "go" in them, though the public were late in finding it out. These were John Wilson (Christopher North) and John Gibson Lockhart (afterwards editor of the Quarterly). Both were West-countrymen — Wilson, the son of a wealthy Paisley manufacturer, and Lockhart, the son of the minister of Cambusnethan, in Lanarkshire — and both had received the best of educations, Wilson, the robust Christian, having carried off the Newdigate prize at Oxford, and Lockhart, having gained the Snell foundation at Glasgow, was sent to Balliol, and took a first class in classics in 1813. These, with Dr. Maginn — under the sobriquet of 'Morgan O'Dogherty,' — Hogg — the Ettrick Shepherd, — De Quincey — the Opium-eater, — Thomas Mitchell, and others, were the principal writers in Blackwood.