John Leyden

(1775—1811) linguist and poet

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Scottish antiquary, physician, poet, and orientalist, assisted Sir W. Scott in Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border and contributed to M. G. Lewis's Tales of Wonder (1801). Scott mourned his ‘bright and brief career’ in The Lord of the Isles (Canto iv. xi) and contributed a Memoir to the Edinburgh Annual Register. This was reproduced with Leyden's Poems and Ballads (1858, 1875).

Subjects: Literature.

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