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Allan Cunningham

(1784—1842) poet and songwriter


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(1784–1842),

born in Dumfriesshire, profited from the vogue for primitivism by disguising his own poems as old Scottish songs, many of which Robert Hartley Cromek (1720–1812) then published as Remains of Nithsdale and Galloway Song (1810). He was a frequent contributor to the London Magazine and to Blackwood's. He published Traditional Tales of the English and Scottish Peasantry (1822); The Songs of Scotland (1825); various romantic tales; Lives of the Most Eminent British Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1829–33); and an edition of Burns (1834). Several of his poems and ballads, such as ‘A wet sheet and a flowing sea’ and ‘Hame, hame, hame’, which were very popular in his lifetime, are still remembered.

Subjects: Literature.


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