Posted by: Jim Bell | February 6, 2011

William Roxburgh, Kirkcudbright Poet.

The following extract is taken from Modern Scottish poets, with biographical and critical notices, 1886.

W.  Roxburgh, a native of Kilmarnock. At the age of eighteen he went as assistant teacher to Allan’s School, Stirling, and led the Allan School boys in the procession at the laying of the foundation stone of the Wallace Monument on Abbey Craig. He studied at the Established Church Training College, Glasgow, for two years, and was then appointed assistant in St James’s Parish, or Sessional School, Great Hamilton Street, Glasgow. Mr Roxburgh subsequently became teacher in Kerr Street School, Kirkintilloch, and there-after taught successively schools in Kirkcudbrightshire and Kirkmaiden. He is presently teacher of the Townend School, Kirkcudbright He is very fond of translating from the Latin and French into English verse, and has made several important and very successful translations. He occasionally contributes both in prose and verse to several newspapers and literary journals, and wrote, in particular, in the People’s Friend, an able “analysis” on the subject of the late Rev. George Gilfillan’s poem, “Night” There is an airy grace, happy conception, and quiet humour about his poetry that commends it to the hearts of the thoughtful, and to lovers of healthy and playful fancy. He also gives careful attention to the niceties of expression. His touching tenderness and depth of feeling are evident in ” The Dying Child,” in which we read of the sorrow and anxiety of a mother about to be bereaved of her first-born,early called to a home where even her love is surpassed.

The item includes three poems by Roxburgh which can be read by clicking here.

The 1881 census for Kirkcudbright records that William Roxburgh was at that time a teacher at an elementary school living in Castle Street. He was married, with three young children all born at Port Logan, Wigtownshire.

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