THIS is a collection of
Essays on Scottish Rural and Literary Subjects, which, it is hoped, will
not prove uninteresting even to English readers.
The title is to be
understood as expressive rather of something attempted than of anything
done, to revive fading interest in the old Scottish fields of literature
and rural industry.
The ‘Lament for the
Language,’ the focus of this attempt, appeared in the author’s first
book, which was published, without achieving publicity, some eight or
nine years ago.
The other pieces are
reproduced, in whole or in part, from the Scotsman, the Scottish Church,
Macmillan s Magazine, and the Dundee Advertiser, by kind permission of
the editors or proprietors, to whom due acknowledgment of indebtedness
is here gratefully made.
The reader’s indulgence
is begged for the ‘Holiday in Arcadia’ The holiday spirit was in the
author’s imagination, and his pen ran while he wrote.
Authorship of 'Christ's Kirk on the Green'.
The Farmer's Ingle
The Birth of Burns at Kilmarnock
The Old Harvest-Field
A Weet Hairst
Plea for Scottish Literature at the Universities
Lament for the Language
A Holiday in Arcadia
The Queen's Holiday