‘A man of Letters’

Susan Rennie

in Jamieson's Dictionary of Scots

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199639403
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741920 | DOI:
‘A man of Letters’

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This chapter provides a brief biography of Jamieson, describing his major publications and showing how various aspects of his life influenced, and were in turn affected by, his work on the Dictionary. In particular, the chapter describes Jamieson’s antiquarian and literary interests, including his early research on place names, his editions of Older Scots texts, and his own Scots poetry. It also discusses Jamieson’s friendship with Scott and other key figures who were to be influential in the development of the Dictionary.

Keywords: Jamieson; antiquarianism; place names; Older Scots; Walter Scott

Chapter.  7923 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Lexicography

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