Robert Blair, 1699-1746

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Biographical note

Blair, Robert (1699–1746). — Poet, born at Edinburgh, where his father was a clergyman, became minister of Athelstaneford, Haddingtonshire. His sole work was The Grave, a poem in blank verse extending to 767 lines of very various merit, in some passages rising to great sublimity, and in others sinking to commonplace. It was illustrated by William Blake (q.v.) B.’s son, Robert, was a very distinguished Scottish judge and Lord President of the Court of Session; and his successor in his ministerial charge was Home, the author of Douglas.

[From A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin, 1910]

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