See also:born at
See also:Edinburgh on the 17th of
See also:February 1758 . He was articled as a
See also:law clerk in Edinburgh, and his
See also:Elegy on Craigmillar
See also:Castle (1776) was printed during his clerkship . In 1781 he removed to
See also:London to devote himself to
See also:publishing in the same
See also:year a
See also:volume of Rimes of no
See also:great merit, and Scottish Tragic
See also:Ballads . These were followed in 1782 by Two Dithyrambic Odes on
See also:Enthusiasm and
See also:Laughter, and by a series of Tales in
See also:Verse . Under the title of Select Scottish Ballads he reprinted in 1783 his tragic ballads, with a supplement comprising Ballads of the Comic Kind .
See also:Ritson pointed out in 1784 that the so-called
See also:ancient ballads were some of them of
See also:modern date, and Pinkerton confessed that he was the author of the second
See also:part of
See also:Hardy Kanute and part author of some others . He published an
See also:Essay on Medals in 1784, and in 1785, under the pseudonym of " Robert
See also:Heron," his bold but eccentric Letters of Literature depreciating the classical authors of
See also:Greece and Rome . In 1786 he edited Ancient Scottish Poems from the MS. collections of
See also:Maitland of Lethington—a genuine
See also:reproduction . It was succeeded in 1787 by a compilation, under the new pseudonym of " H . Bennet," entitled The
See also:Treasury of Wit, and by his first important
See also:historical work, the Dissertation on the Origin and Progress of the Scythians or Goths, to which Gibbon acknowledged himself indebted . Pinkerton next ccllected and printed in 1789 certain Vitae sanctorum scotiae, and, a little later, published his Enquiry into the
See also:History of Scotland preceding the Reign of Malcolm III . His assertion that the
See also:race was incapable of assimilating the highest forms of
See also:civilization excited " violent disgust," but the Enquiry was twice reprinted, in 1794 and 1814, and is still of value for the documents embodied in it .
His edition of
See also:Bruce and a Medallic History of England to the Revolution appeared in 179o; a collection of Scottish Poems reprinted from scarce
See also:Editions in 1792; and a series of
See also:biographical sketches, the Iconographia scotica, in the years 1795–1797 . In 1797 he published a History of Scotland from the Accession of the
See also:House of
See also:Stuart to that of Mary, containing much valuable material . A new biographical collection, the Gallery of Eminent Persons of Scotland (1799), was succeeded after a
See also:interval by a Modern Geography digested on a New Plan (1802; enlarged, 1807) . About this
See also:time he
See also:left London for
See also:Paris, where he made his headquarters until his
See also:death on the loth of
See also:March 1826 . His remaining publications were the Recollections of Paris in the years 1802–3–4–5 (18o6); a very useful General Collection of Voyages and Travels (1808–1814); a New Modern
See also:Atlas (18o8–1819) ; and his Petralogy (1811) .
ALLAN PINKERTON (1819–1884)
WILLIAM PINKNEY (1764–1822)
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