Eighteenth-century Scottish poet and picaresque novelist who famously wrote The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle. His other works include The Adventures of Roderick Random and The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom.
He studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and subsequently worked in Jamaica as a surgeon.
He considered A Complete History of England (written between 1757 and 1765) to be his most important work.
He married Nancy Lascelles in 1747. The couple had one daughter.
His work influenced the literary development of renowned author Charles Dickens.