David Herd

(1732—1810) song collector and editor

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(1732–1810) Edinburgh-based law clerk and antiquary, born in Marykirk, Kincardineshire, who in 1769 produced a collection of mainly Scots songs, which appeared in a two-volume revised version in 1776 as Ancient and Modern Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads, Etc. Herd carefully collated unitary versions of his texts from a variety of sources, and later made his manuscripts available to Robert Burns, for whom they provided the basis for several songs.

From The Oxford Companion to English Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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