Scottish poet. He published several volumes of poetry from 1923 onwards; he wrote in both Scots and English, though his Scots work is generally considered more significant. All his poems are short; they include lyrics, epigrams, riddles, and pieces for children. Several of his poems sing the praises and frustrations of the lost heritage of ‘the lawland tongue’. His Collected Poems (1948) has an introduction by MacDiarmid, and his Diaries of a Dying Man, ed. A. Scott, were published in 1954.