Knox, William

BORN 17 Aug 1789, Lilliesleaf, Roxburghshire: Firth - DIED 12 Nov 1825, Edinburgh
GRAVE LOCATION Edinburgh: New Calton Burial Ground, Regent Road

William Knox was the son of the farmer John Knox. He was educated at Musselburgh Grammar School. From 1812 to 1817 he worked as a farmer before he concentrated on writing with the support of Christopher North and Walter Scott, who supported him financially.

He worked as a journalist and published poetry. In 1818 "The Lonely Heart" was published. "Songs of Israel" (1824) included the poem "Mortality", a great favourite of president Lincoln. In 1825 "The Harp of Zion" followed. But his lifestyle undermined his health and in 1825 he died of a stroke.


The grave of William Knox at New Carlton Burial Ground, Edinburgh.
Picture by Androom (05 Nov 2019)


William Knox (Scottish poet) - Wikipedia

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Published: 26 Jan 2020
Last update: 26 Jan 2020