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Alexander Ross (1699-1784) - Poet

He was born on 13th April 1699 at Kincardine O'Neil, Scotland and was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen. After graduating, Ross became a schoolmaster at Aboyne, then at Laurencekirk, and finally at Lochlee, a remote Angus village at the head of Glenesk. In 1768 he published Hetenore, or the Fortunate Shepherdess, a sentimental pastoral drama in which Lindy is abducted by Highland brigands and saved by the shepherdess Nory. Like the rest of his work it is written in the vigorous Scots of the north-east and, with its vivid scenic descriptions, it was compared with The Gentle Shepherd by Allan Ramsay. Ross also enjoyed a reputation as a skilful songwriter and his wry evocation of a bad match in a country marriage, Woo'd and married and a' is perhaps his best- known creation. He died on 20 May 1784.

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