The material consists of a letter to Mr. White mentioning Mr. O, a poet, 1850, and, sonnets To a fairy and to the flower called 'Queen of the meadow'. Also a playbill.
Letters and Poems of James Telfer (1800-1862)
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- ReferenceGB 237 Coll-515
- Dates of Creation19th century
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish.
- Physical Description1 folder Access to records in a fragile condition may be restricted.
- LocationDc.4.101-103 Telfer
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Administrative / Biographical History
James Telfer was born in Southdean, Roxburgh, on 3 December 1800. As a shepherd he gradually educated himself and became a country schoolmaster, teaching in Castleton, Langholm, and then for some twenty-five years at a small adventure school of his own at Suaghtrees in Liddesdale. He was an admirer of the poet James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd (1770-1835) whom he befriended. In 1824 he published a volume of poems entitled Border ballads and miscellaneous poems. James Telfer died on 18 January 1862.
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The biographical/administrative history was compiled using the following material: (1) Lee, Sidney (ed.). Dictionary of national biography. Vol. 19. Stow-Tytler. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1909.
Compiled by Graeme D Eddie, Edinburgh University Library, Special Collections Division.
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