poet, was born on the 13th of April 1699 at Kincardine-O’Neil,
Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen,
and became tutor to the children of Sir William Forbes of Craigievar.
He became in 1732 schoolmaster of Lochlee, Angus, where the rest
of his life was spent. He had long been in the habit of writing
verse for his own amusement, when in 1768 he published, at the
suggestion of James Beattie, The Fortunate Shepherdess to
which is added a few songs.
This is a pastoral narrative poem, written in obvious imitation
of Allan Ramsay’s Gentle Shepherd. Its affectations are
chiefly on the surface. The background of shepherd life as known
to Ross, and the rather sordid - motives of the characters, despite
their high-sounding names of Helenore and Rosalind, are depicted
with uncompromising truth. He died at Lochlee, and was buried
on the 26th of May 1784.
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