1882 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

William Kennedy

Epes Sargent, in Harper's Cyclopaedia of British and American Poetry (1882) 520.



Kennedy (1799-1849) was a native of Paisley, Scotland. Before he was twenty-five years old he wrote My Early Days, a pathetic little story, which had great success, and was republished in Boston. In 1827 appeared his volume of poems, under the title of Fitful Fancies; in 1830, The Arrow and the Rose, and other Poems. He was the literary associate of Motherwell in conducting the Paisley Magazine. Removing to London, he engaged in some literary enterprises with Leitch Ritchie. He accompanied the Earl of Dalhousie to Canada as his private secretary, and was appointed consul at Galveston, Texas, where he resided several years. In 1841 he published in two volumes, in London, the Rise, Progress, and Prospects of the Republic of Texas. He returned to England in 1847, retired on a pension, and took up his residence near London, where he died, shortly after a visit to his native Scotland.