Tannahill, Robert

Tannahill, Robert
(1774-1810)
   The "Paisley Poet" was a Scottish silk-weaver, born into a weaving family from Paisley, and while at the loom he would be writing poetry in his head. Although he went elsewhere to work, he returned to Paisley to work with his mother in 1802 when his father died. His poems, set to music, soon gained in popularity and he was visited by James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd (see entry). He was active in setting up a library for working men in the town. Never a robust man, and falling into difficulties with some publishers, he drowned himself in the Paisley Canal and was interred in the West Relief burying-ground. In 1866 an obelisk monument was placed at his grave. The centenary of his birth was celebrated with elaborate ceremony on 3 June 1874. His reputation rests mainly on his sentimental Scottish songs, many of which were published in the Scottish periodicals such as The Scots Magazine. Some of his poems: "Bonny Winsome Mary," "Filial Duty," "Jessie, the Flower o' Dunblane," "Row Thee in My Highland Plaid," "The Ambitious Mite," "The Braes of Balquidder," "Will Ye Go Lassie, Go."
   Sources: British Minstrelsie. T.C. and E.C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh (?1900). Dictionary of National Biography. Electronic Edition 1.1. Oxford University Press, 1997. English Poetry: Author Search. ChadwyckHealey Ltd., 1995 (http://www.lib.utexas.edu:8080/search/epoetry/author.html). Poems and Songs, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect, by Robert Tannahill. John Cain, 1819. Significant and Famous Scots (http://www.electricscotland.com/history/men/tannahill_robert.htm). The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry. 11th ed. The Columbia Granger's World of Poetry, Columbia University Press, 2005 (http://www.columbiagrangers.org). The Home Book of Verse. Burton Egbert Stevenson, ed. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1953. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 6th edition. Margaret Drabble, ed. Oxford University Press, 2000. Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia).

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  • TANNAHILL, ROBERT —    Scottish poet, born at Paisley; the son of a weaver, was bred to the hand loom, and with the exception of a two years residence in Lancashire, passed his life in his native town; an enthusiastic admirer of Burns, Fergusson, and Ramsay, he soon …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • Tannahill, Robert — (1774 1810)    Poet, b. in Paisley where he was a weaver. In 1807 he pub. a small vol. of poems and songs, which met with success, and carried his hitherto local fame over his native country. Always delicate and sensitive, a disappointment in… …   Short biographical dictionary of English literature

  • Tannahill — Tannahill, Robert, schottischer Dichter, geb. 3. Juni 1774 in Paisley, war ein Weber, seine dichterischen Anlagen wurden bes. genährt durch Smiths Composition seiner Lieder; er endete, in Schwermuth versunken, 17. Mai 1810 sein Leben u. schr.:… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Tannahill — Tannahill, Robert, schott. Dichter, geb. 3. Juni 1774 in Paisley, gest. 17. Mai 1810, trieb die Weberei und dichtete daneben Lieder, die durch seines Freundes R. A. Smith Kompositionen bald volkstümlich wurden. Auch gab er »Poems and songs«… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Robert Tannahill — ‎ Robert Tannahill (June 3, 1774 May 17, 1810) was a Scottish poet. Known as the Weaver Poet , his music and poetry is contemporaneous with that of Robert Burns. He was born in Paisley to a weaving family and was apprenticed in the same trade… …   Wikipedia

  • Tannahill — may refer to:ee also* Reay Tannahill, author of Food in History (1973) and other works * Robert Tannahill (1774 1810), Scottish poet * The Tannahill Weavers, traditional Scottish musical group active since 1968ee also* Tannehill (disambiguation) …   Wikipedia

  • Tannahill — (Tännä–), Robert, geb. 1774 zu Paisley, Weber, Liederdichter in schott. Mundart, endete 1810 wahnsinnig geworden durch Selbstmord. (Gesammelte Werke mit Lebensbeschreibung, neueste Auflage, Glasgow 1851.) …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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  • The Tannahill Weavers — Infobox musical artist Name = The Tannahill Weavers Img capt = Img size = 250 Landscape = Background = group or band Alias = Origin = Paisley, Scotland Genre = Scottish traditional Years active = 1968 ndash;present Label = Green Linnet Records… …   Wikipedia

  • The Tannahill Weavers — Die Tannahill Weavers sind eine Folkgruppe aus Schottland. Der Name stammt von dem schottischen Dichter Robert Tannahill, von dem auch mehrere Lieder zu ihrem Repertoire gehören. Die Band wurde 1968 in Paisley gegründet und hatte dort auch ihren… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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