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CodeNA7182
Dates1774-1843
Person NameInglis; Margaret Maxwell (1774-1843); Mrs; Scottish poetess
SurnameInglis
ForenamesMargaret Maxwell
TitleMrs
EpithetScottish poetess
ActivityBorn on 27 Oct. 1774 at Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, was daughter of Dr. Alexander Murray. Her literary and musical gifts were developed by a good education. When very young she was married to a Mr. Finlay, who died in the West Indies. After some years at home with her relatives, Mrs. Finlay, in 1803, became the wife of John Inglis, son of the parish minister of Kirkmabreck in East Galloway, and an officer in the excise. On his death in 1826, his widow and three children had to depend solely on a small annuity devolving from his office. Mrs. Inglis now studied hard, and wrote much, publishing in 1828 ‘Miscellaneous Collection of Poems, chiefly Scriptural Pieces.’
One of the lyrics is a memorial tribute to James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, whose manner Mrs. Inglis frequently followed with considerable success. She died in Edinburgh on 21 Dec. 1843. According to Rogers, Burns commended her for her exquisite rendering of his songs, especially ‘Ca' the yowes to the knowes.'
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