1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Rev. William Gillespie

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 331.



Gillespie (1776-1825) was a native of Kirkcudbright, Scotland. Educated at the University of Edinburgh, he studied for the Church, and became minister of Kells. His poem of The Highlander is interesting, not only for its own merits, but because Scott seems to have borrowed from it much of the music and some of the sentiment in his poem of Helvellyn.