Robert Fergusson 1750–74

  • Ian McGowan
Part of the St. Martin’s Anthologies of English Literature book series (AEL)


In a short career which ended in madness, Fergusson wrote poems in English and Scots, and greatly influenced Burns. A fine comic writer, he ridiculed Johnson’s visit to St Andrews (where he had studied), and in ‘The Sow of Feeling’ undercut Henry Mackenzie’s sentimentalism. His poems appeared in 1773. His best work shows a critical relish of the Scottish scene.


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