Saturday, 8 November 2008

Aird Ancestry Tours of Scotland

Thomas Aird or(1802-76). Poet. He was born on the 28th August, 1802 at Bowden, Roxburghshire. He was educated locally and at the University of Edinburgh, and during his student days became acquainted with Thomas Carlyle and James Hogg. Aird became a regular contributor to Blackwood's magazine and through the influence of John Wilson was appointed editor of the Dumfries and Galloway Herald in 1835. He died on 25th April, 1876 in Dumfries. Aird's poetry is mostly concerned with nature, treated in a Wordsworthian vein, and Carlyle said of it: "he found everywhere a healthy breath as of mountain breezes". His Works included: Murtzoufle: a Tragedy in Three Acts and Other Poems (1826); Religious Characteristics (1827); The Captive of Fez (1830); Orthuriel and Other Poems (1840); The Old Bachelor in the Scottish Village (1845); Poetical Works (1848).

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