1861 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Alexander Pennecuik

David Irving, in The History of Scottish Poetry (1861) 589.



Alexander Pennecuik, who describes himself as a "burgess and guild-brother of Edinburgh," lived and wrote about the same period [as Dr. Alexander Pennecuik]. His Streams from Helicon are not always very pure streams. He commonly professes to write in English; but his Merry Tales for the lang Nights of Winter are sufficient to evince that he was capable of employing his native tongue with considerable effect. These tales, which consist of a few pages, exhibit some curious specimens of broad and unrefined humour.