an accomplished poet, styled the Anacreon of Scotland, flourished during
the reign of the unfortunate Mary, to whom he addressed ‘A New Year’s
Gift, when she came first hame, 1562.’ In this poem he styles himself
her “simple servant, Sanders Scot,” and strongly recommends the Reformed
religion to her majesty’s protection. He appears to have been totally
neglected by the court, and in a beautiful little fable, entitled ‘The
Eagle and Robin Redbreast,’ he feelingly laments his own hard fate in
being obliged to sing without reward or notice. His poems, which are
chiefly amatory, display a delicacy of sentiment, and an ease and
elegance of versification, not exceeded by any production of the
sixteenth century. The best of his pieces are, ‘The Flower of Womanheid;’
‘The Rondel of Love;’ and an address to his Heart, beginning,
“Return hameward my heart
An’ bide where thou was wont to be,
Thou art a fool to suffer pain,
For love o’ ane that loves not thee.”
In Allan Ramsay’s
Evergreen, and in the collections of Hailes, Sibbald, and Pinkerton,
will be found some pleasing specimens of his poetry. An edition of his
poems was printed at Edinburgh in 1821, small 8vo.
SCOT, DAVID, M.D., an eminent oriental scholar, was born in the
parish of Pennicuik, where his father occupied a small farm. He was
educated at the university of Edinburgh for the ministry; but, after
being licensed, having no immediate prospect of a church, he became a
student of medicine, and obtained the degree of M.D. His favourite
study, however, was the attainment of languages, and especially the
cultivation of oriental literature. Having acquired a knowledge of most
of the Eastern languages, both ancient and modern, he applied himself to
the teaching and preparing young men intending to go out to India; a
department in which he was eminently successful. In 1814, on a vacancy
occurring, he was presented to the church of Corstorphine, near
Edinburgh, in which he continued to labour for nineteen years. About
1832 he was elected professor of Hebrew in St. Mary’s college, St.
Andrews; but his career there lasted only for two sessions. He had
visited Edinburgh to be present at the meeting of the British
Association, but was seized with a dropsical complaint; and after two or
three days’ illness, died September 18, 1834. Dr. Scot edited Dr.
Murray’s History of the European Languages; and published the following
Observations on the Propriety and Usefulness of an Establishment in
Edinburgh for teaching Oriental Languages, for civil and commercial
purposes, to young gentlemen going to India. Edin. 1819.
Essays on various subjects of Belles Lettres; to which are added two
Dissertations, written during the late war against France. Edin. 1824,
Discourses on some important subjects of Natural and Revealed Religion.
Edin. 1825, 8vo.
A Key to the Hebrew Pentateuch. Lond. 1826, 8vo.
A Key to the Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Lond.
Lives of some of the Scottish Poets.
A Hebrew Grammar for the use of his own class.