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Shirrefs, Andrew (1762 - 1807?)

Scottish poet. A son of David Shirrefs, an Aberdeen carpenter. Two of his brothers achieved distinction, James becoming minister of St Nicholas Church in 1778, while Alexander was sheriff-clerk-depute, and latterly President of the Society of Advocates.

Andrew was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, and at Marischal College, where he graduated Master of Arts in 1783. The development of a crippling infirmity made him abandon his intention of following a learned profession, and he set up in business in Aberdeen as a bookseller. With others, he helped found in 1787 the short-lived Aberdeen Chronicle (which re-started under different auspices in 1806) and became owner and joint editor of the Caledonian Magazine. When this magazine ceased publication in 1790, he went to Edinburgh as a bookseller and printer. In 1798 he left for London, where all trace of him was lost. As his name does not appear along with those of his brothers in the will of a cousin who died in 1801, he may have been dead by then, although 1807 is usually given as the unconfirmable date of his death.

Shirrefs corresponded with both 'Tullochgorum' Skinner and James Beattie. Burns met him on his northern tour, and called him 'a little decrepid body with some abilities'. Shirrefs wrote a pastoral comedy, Jamie and Bess (in imitation of Ross's Helenore, or The Fortunate Shepherdess) which was performed in Aberdeen in 1787, and in Edinburgh in 1796, at which benefit performance he himself appeared, singing his splendid song 'A cogie o' yill and a pickle aitmeal' which Burns put in the Scots Musical Museum. Shirrefs' Poems, chiefly in the Scottish Dialect appeared in Edinburgh in 1790, with a portrait by Beugo.

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