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CodeNA6726
Dates1750-1798
Person NameLowe; John (1750-1798); poet, teacher, clergyman
SurnameLowe
ForenamesJohn
Epithetpoet, teacher, clergyman
ActivityJohn Lowe (1750-1798), poet, was the son of the gardner at Kenmure Castle, East Galloway. He was educated at the parish school and then apprenticed as a handloom weaver to John Heron. He continued his education at Carsphairn parish school and went to Edinburgh University in 1771 with the intention to train for the ministry. He attended for two sessions, acting as tutor in the interval to the M'Ghie family of Airds. The daughters of the house were the inspiration for some of his verse.

In 1773 Lowe went to America as tutor to the family of George Washington's brother. He then held a private school in Fredericksburgh, Virginia, and there took orders as a Church of England minister. He married but became 'dissipated' and died in 1798.
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