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Ross, Alexander (1699 - 1784)

The most prominent of Ramsay's poetic disciples, Alexander Ross, the son of an Aberdeenshire farmer, took his M.A. degree at Marischal College, Aberdeen, became a schoolteacher, and finally settled in the parish of Lochlee, Forfarshire in 1768, when in his seventieth year, he published a pastoral modelled on The Gentle Shepherd called Helenore, or The Fortunate Shepherdess. Under the title Lindy and Nory, it achieved immense popularity in Aberdeenshire. Ross's wider and more lasting fame rests on his witty songs, among them 'The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow', 'Wooed and Married and A'' and 'The Bridal O''.

Burns thought highly of Ross's work, and praised the Aberdeen poet in several letters. Writing to James Hoy, librarian and companion to the Duke of Gordon, on 6th November 1787, Burns said: 'There is I know not what of wild happiness of thought and expression peculiarly beautiful in the old Scottish song style, of which his Grace, old venerable Skinner, the author of Tullochgorum and etc., and the late Ross at Lochlee, of true Scottish poetic memory, are the only modern instances that I recollect, since Ramsay, with his contemporaries, and poor Bob Fergusson, went to the world of deathless existence and truly immortal song.'

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