- William Hamilton (Jacobite poet)
He was born at the family seat in
Linlithgowshire. He began his literary career by contributing verses to Allan Ramsay's " Tea Table Miscellany". He joined Charles Edward Stuartin 1745, andcelebrated the Battle of Prestonpansin his poem, "Gladsmuir". After the Battle of Culloden, he wandered in the Highlands, where he wrote his " Soliloquy" and later escaped to France. His friends, however, succeeded in obtaining his pardon, and he returned to Scotland. In 1750, on the death of his brother, he succeeded to the family estate, but died not long afterwards. He also wrote " The Episode of the Thistle" and the ballad, " The Braes of Yarrow". He died in Lyon.
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