David Herd (anthologist)

David Herd (anthologist)

David Herd (1732–1810) was a Scottish anthologist who was a noted collector of national ballads.


The son of a farmer in the parish of Marykirk in Kincardineshire, he became clerk to an accountant in Edinburgh, where he became a well-known figure among the literary men. He devoted his leisure to collecting old Scottish poems and songs, which he first published in 1769 as Ancient Scottish Songs, Heroic Ballads, etc. Other and enlarged editions appeared in 1776 and 1791. Sir Walter Scott made use of his manuscript collections in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border.


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