A Bard Unkend

A Bard Unkend : Selected Poems in the Scottish Dialect

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The poet and actor Gavin Turnbull (1765-1816), a younger contemporary of Robert Burns, published two volumes of poetry in Scotland before emigrating in 1795 to the United States, where he settled in Charleston, South Carolina. This selection draws attention to a neglected aspect of Turnbull's work, his writing in Scots. Drawing on advance research for the first collected edition of Turnbull's poetry, the selection includes verse in Scots from all phases of his career, including poetry in Scots published in America.show more

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  • Paperback | 50 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 3.3mm | 127.01g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514348519
  • 9781514348512

About Gavin Turnbull

Gavin Turnbull (1765-1816), born in Berwickshire in the Scottish borders, began writing poetry as a teenage carpet-weaver in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire. His first volume, Poetical Essays, appeared in 1788. In the early 1790s, he joined the theatre company in Dumfries, renewed his earlier friendship with Robert Burns, wrote a play, and published a second volume, Poems, in 1794. In 1795, he emigrated to Charleston, South Carolina, where he made a career as an actor and later schoolmaster, contributing poetry to Charleston newspapers and to other American periodicals. He became an American citizen in 1813, and died in Charleston in 1816.show more