Robert Fergusson

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Birthday
5, 1750
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Oct 16, 1774 (24)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
5, 1750
Birthplace
Scotland
Death Date
Oct 16, 1774 (24)

About

Scots-language and English-language poet of the Scottish Enlightenment era. His poems include "Leith Races" and "The Farmer's Ingle."

Before Fame

He studied at the University of St. Andrews and led a bohemian existence in Edinburgh.

Trivia

He was committed to an Edinburgh asylum after sustaining a head injury. Tragically, he died there just weeks after his twenty-fourth birthday.

Family Life

He was one of three surviving children born to Elizabeth Forbes and copyist William Fergusson.

Associated With

His work inspired the literary career of poet Robert Burns.