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Alexander Douglas

1771 - 1821

Minor poet. Born in humble circumstances in Strathmiglo (Fife), the son of a labourer, Douglas could only attend school in the winter months because otherwise he was tending cattle. At the age of 13 he was apprenticed to a local linen weaver who he followed to Pathhead (Kirkcaldy). He read eagerly and soon began composing poems for his own amusement, which he was eventually persuaded to publish as a successful volume Poems, chiefly in the Scottish dialect (1806). His best known work is perhaps Fife, an' a' the Land about It.

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