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WILLIAM MOTHERWELL (1797-1835)

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Originally appearing in Volume V18, Page 906 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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WILLIAM MOTHERWELL (1797-1835), Scottish poet, antiquary and journalist, was born at Glasgow on the 13th of October 1797, the son of an ironmonger. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed in the office of the sheriff-clerk at Paisley, and appointed sheriff-clerk depute there in 1819. He spent his leisure in collecting materials for a volume of local ballads which he published in 1819 under the title of The Harp of Renfrewshire. In 1827 he published a further instalment in Minstrelsy Ancient and Modern, prefaced by an excellent historical introduction. He contributed verses to newspapers and magazines, Jeanie Morrison, My Heid is like to rend, Willie, and Wearie's Could Well being his best-known poems. He became editor of the Paisley Advertiser in 1828, and of the Glasgow Courier in 1830. A small volume of his poems was published in 1832, and a larger volume with a memoir in 1846, reissued, with additions, in 1848. MOTHERWELL, a municipal and police burgh of Lanarkshire, Scotland. Pop. (1851), 900; (1901), 30,418. It is situated near the right bank of the Clyde, 13 M. S.E. of Glasgow by the Caledonian railway. It takes its name from an old well dedicated to the Virgin, and owes its rapid increase to the coal and iron mines in the neighbourhood. It has large iron and steel works, bridge-building being a distinctive industry. Boilers, steam-cranes and ironmongers' ware are also made, and there are brick, tile and fireclay works. The public buildings include the town-hall, theatre and hospital; the park was presented in commemoration of Queen Victoria's Jubilee.
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