To date the most comprehensive bibliographical coverage of Allan Ramsay is Burns Martin’s ‘A Bibliography of the Writings of Allan Ramsay,’ printed in The Records of the Glasgow Bibliographical Society volume 10, 1931. Kinghorn and Law provided some new items in their ‘Bibliography’, volume 6 of the The Works of Allan Ramsay (1974), and both editions were aware of the earlier bibliographical work done by Andrew Gibson in his New Light on Allan Ramsay (1927). 

But in making progress with the Collected Works in this digital age, we are looking to produce a new bibliography of Ramsay. There are many important things to consider, from fully descriptive entries to the presence of digital editions available online. In this page we will post updates on the progress of the Bibliography and any new resources that are developed. 

Below, you will find our (growing) list of secondary texts on Ramsay, which we hope you find useul. 

Descriptive Bibliography (sample)

Poems (Edinburgh: 1721)

Title-page      [double rule border all around] POEMS | by | Allan Ramsay. | [rule] | Let them censure, what care I ? | The Herd of Criticks I defy. | No, no, the Fair, the Gay, the Young | Govern the Numbers of my Song : | All that they approve is sweet, | And all is Sense that they repete. | Prior from Anacreon. | [rule] | [decorative vignette] | [rule] | EDINBURGH : | Printed by Mr. Thomas Ruddiman, for the Author. | [small rule] M. dcc. xxi.

Imprint          Thomas Ruddiman (1674-1757)

Format           4to; a-b4 c2 d4 A-3D4 µ.

Illustration   Frontispiece: portrait of a young Ramsay after John Smibert (1688-1751): variant portraits executed by [1] George Vertue & [2] Theodor Verkuys.        

Contents        Pp.xxviii 1-400:frontispiece; [i] title-page; [ii] blank; iii [large decorative vignette] | To the most Beautiful, | THE | SCOTS LADIES.; v ‘THE | PREFACE.’; viii [decorative vignette below text]; ix ‘TO | Mr. ALLAN RAMSAY | ON HIS | Poetical Works.; xiv … J. Burchet. | [decorative vignette below text]; xv  | ‘TO THE | AUTHOR.’; xv … ‘C.T.’; xvii  | ‘TO | Mr. Allan Ramsay.’ […] ‘C. Beckingham.’;  xviii  | ‘TO  | Mr. ALLAN RAMSAY | ON THE | Publication of his Poems.’; xx … ‘Ja. Arbuckle.’ | [decorative vignette below text’; xxi  | ‘AN | AlphabeticalList | Of such of the Subscribers Names as have come | to Hand.’; 1 [large decorative vignette] | ‘THE | Morning Interview.’; 15 [crown design rule] | ‘EPILOGUE.’; 16  | ‘ELEGY | ON | MAGGY JOHNSTON, | who died Anno 1711.’; 22  | ‘ELEGY | ON | JOHN COWPER Kirk-Treasurer’s Man, | ANNO 1714.’; 28  | ‘ELEGY | ON | Lucky WOOD in the Canongate, May 1717.’; 33  ‘Lucky Spence’s last Advice.’; 39 [decorative vignette below text]; 40  | ‘TARTANA, | OR THE | PLAID.’; 60  | ‘SCOTS SONGS.’ | [rule] | ‘The happy Lover’s Reflections.’; 63  | ‘The Lass of Peattie’s Mill.’; 65  | ‘DELIA.’ | To the Tune of Green Sleeves.’; 67  | ‘The Yellow-hair’d Laddie.’; 68 […] |  | ‘NANNY O.’; 70  | ‘BONNY JEAN.’; 72  | ‘The Kind Reception. | To the Tune of Auld lang syne.’; 74 […] |  | ‘The PENITENT. | To the Tune of the Lass of Livingstone.’; 77  | ‘LOVE’s CURE. | To the Tune of Peggy I must love thee.’; 79  | ‘ODE.’; 80  | ‘Bessy Bell and Mary Gray.’; 82  | ‘The Young LAIRD and Edinburgh KATY.’; 84  | ‘KATY’s ANSWER.’; 85 [vignette after text]; 86  | ‘EDINBURGH’s Address | TO THE | COUNTRY. | November 1718.’; 91 […] |  | ‘Written beneath the Historical Print of the won- | derful Preservation of Mr. David Bruce, and | others his School-fellows, | St. Andrews, August 19. 1710.’; 92 [vignette after text]; 93  | ‘CHRIST’S KIRK | ON THE | GREEN, | In Three CANTO’s.’; 106  | ‘CHRIST’S KIRK | ON THE | GREEN. | [rule] | CANTO II.’; 118 [vignette after text]; 119  | ‘CHRIST’S KIRK | ON THE | GREEN. | [rule] | ‘CANTO III.’; 132  | ‘THE | SCRIBBLERS | LASH’D’; 144  | ‘CONTENT. | A | POEM.’; 171 [vignette after text]; 172  | ‘RICHY and SANDY, | A | PASTORAL | On the Death of | JOSEPH ADDISON, Esq.’; 179 […] |  | ‘TO | Mr. ALLAN RAMSAY, | ON HIS | Richy and Sandy. | [rule] | By Mr. Burchet.’; 181 […] |  | ‘To JOSIAH BURCHET Esq;’; 184  | ‘FAMILIAR EPISTLES | BETWEEN | Lieutenant William Hamilton and Allan Ramsay.’ | [rule] | ‘EPISTLE I. | Gilbertfield June 26th, 1719.’; 189  | ‘ANSWER I. | Edinburgh, July 1oth, 1719.’; 193  | ‘EPISTLE II. | Gilbertfield, July 24th, 1719.’; 199  | ‘ANSWER II. | Edinburgh, August 4th, 1719.’; 203 […] |  | ‘EPISTLE III. | Gilbertfield August 24th, 1719.’; 208  | ‘ANSWER III. | Edinburgh, September 2d, 1719.’; 214  | ‘AN | EPISTLE | To Lieutenant Hamilton | On the receiving the Compliment of a Barrel of | Loch-Fine Herrings from him.’; 218  | ‘PATIE AND ROGER: | A | PASTORAL | Inscrib’d to | JOSIAH BURCHET, Esq.; | Secretary of the Admiralty.’; 221 [vignette after text]; 222  | Patie and Roger.’; 232 [vignette after text]; 233  | ‘EDINBURGH’S | SALUTATION | To the Most Honourable, | My Lord Marquess of CARNARVON.’; 236 [vignette after text]; 237  | ‘WEALTH, or the WOODY. | A Poem on the | SOUTH-SEA. | Wrote June 1720.’; 246  | The Prospect of Plenty : | A | POEM | ON THE | North-Sea Fishery, | Inscribed to the Right Honourable the Royal | Burrows of Scotland.’; 260 | ‘SCOTS SONGS. | Spoken to Mrs. N.’; 261 | ‘MARY SCOT.’; 262 […] | ‘O’er BOGIE.’; 264 […] | ‘O’er the Moor to MAGGY.’; 266 | ‘I’ll never leave Thee.’; 267 | ‘Polwart on the Green.’; 269 […] | ‘JOHN HAY’s Bonny Lassie.’; 271 | ‘Genty Tibby and sonsy Nelly. | To the Tune of Tibby Fowler in the Glen.’; 273 | ‘Up in the Air.’; 275 | ‘THE | RISE and FALL | OF | STOCKS, | 1720. | An Epistle to the Right Honourable my Lord | Ramsay, now in Paris.’; 286 [decorative vignette below text]; 287 | ‘PATIE and PEGIE : | A | SANG.’; 289 | ‘PROLOGUE. | Spoke by one of the young Gentlemen, who, for their | Improvement and Diversion, acted The Or- | phan, and Cheats of Scapin, the last Night | of the Year 1719.’; 291 | ‘The Life and Acts of, | OR, | An ELEGY on PATIE BIRNIE, […]’; 298 [decorative vignette below text]; 299 ‘CUPID thrown into the South-Sea.’; 300 | ‘THE | SATYR’ s | COMICK PROJECT | For recovering | A young Bankrupt Stock-jobber. | A | SONG.’; 303 | ‘TO THE | MUSICK CLUB.’; 305 […] | ‘Wine and Musick, an ODE.’; 307 | ‘ON | The Great Eclipse | OF THE | SUN, | The 22d April, nine a Clock of the Morning, | wrote a Month before it hapned, March 1715.’; 310 […] | ‘The Gentleman’s Qualifications, as de- | bated by some of the Fellows of the Easy Club, | April 1715.’; 313 […] | ‘On WIT.’; 316 […] | ‘ON | FRIENDSHIP.’; 317 […] | ‘KEITHA: | A | PASTORAL, | Lamenting the Death of the Right Honourable | MARY Countess of Wigtoun.’; 323 […] | ‘To the Right Honourable, | The Town-Council of EDINBURGH, | THE | ADDRESS of Allan Ramsay.’; 326 | ‘Inscription on the Gold Tea-pot, gain’d by Sir | James Cunningham of Milncraig, Bart.’ […] ‘Inscription engraven on the Piece of Place, which | was a Punch-Bowl and Ladle, given by the | Captains of the Train’d Bands of Edinburgh, | and gain’d by Captain Ch. Crockat’s Swallow.’; 327 | ‘ TO THE | Whin=Bush Club, | THE | BILL | Of ALLAN RAMSAY.’; 329 | ‘AN | EPISTLE | TO | Mr. James Arbuckle of Belfast, AM. | Edinburgh, January 1719.’; 337 | ‘To the Right Honourable, | WILLIAM | Earl of Dalhousie.’; 341 | ‘Horace to Virgil, on his taking a Voyage to Athens.’; 343 […] | ‘An ODE to Mr. F----.’; 346 | ‘To the Ph---- an ODE.’; 349 […] | ‘To Mr. William Aikman.’; 351 | ‘Spoken to three young Ladies, who would have | me to determine which of them was the bonniest.’; 352 | ‘TO | Sir William Bennet | Of Grubbet, Bart.’; 354 […] | ‘An EPISTLE to a Friend at Florence, in | his Way to Rome.’; 357 | ‘The beautiful Rose Tree enclosed.’; 358 | ‘To R--- H--- B---, an ODE.’; 361 | ‘Clyde’s Welcome | TO HIS | PRINCE.’; 365 ‘On the most Honourable | The Marquess of Bowmont’s | Cutting off his Hair.’; 367 […] | ‘TO SOME | YOUNG LADIES | Who had been displeas’d at a Gentleman’s too imprudently assert- | ing, That to be condemn’d to perpetual Virginity was the | greatest Punishment could be inflicted on any of their Sex.’; 369 […] | ‘To Mr. Joseph Mitchel on the successful Repre- | sentation of a Tragedy wrote by him.’; 371 […] | ‘Colin and Grisy parting. | A SONG to the Tune of Woes my Heart that | we shou’d sunder.’; 372 […] | ‘Spoken to two young Ladies who asked if I could say any thing | on them : One excell’d in a beautiful Complection, the other in | fine Eyes.’; 373 | ‘The Mill, Mill,---O. | A | SONG.’; 375 | ‘The Poet’s Wish: An ODE.’; 377 […] ‘The Response of the Oracle.’; 378 | ‘THE | CONCLUSION. | After the Manner of Horace, ad librum suum.’; 381 | ‘A | GLOSSARY, | OR, | EXPLANATION of the Scots Words us’d | by the Author, which are rarely or never | found in the modern English Writings. | [rule] | Some general Rules shewing wherein many Southern and Nor- | thern Words are originally the same, having only a Letter | changed for another, or sometimes one taken away or added.’; 398 [vignette below text]; 399 | ‘AN | INDEX | OF THE | Poems contained in this Book, class’d into Se- | rious, Comick, Satyrick, Pastoral, Lyrick, E- | pistolary, and Epigrammatick.’          

Consulted      [1] NLS H.29.a.20; [2] NLS Bdg.m.22; [3] another NLS copy containing MS poem shelf-marked MS 9749.

References    Andrew Gibson, New Light on Allan Ramsay (Edinburgh: William Brown, 1927),148-9; Burns Martin, Bibliography of Allan Ramsay (Glasgow: Jackson, Wylie & Company, 1931), 37 (§57).   

Notes              Ramsay’s work had been appearing in print since probably 1713, mostly in chapbooks and broadsides, of which many were reprinted without his permission. It was not until 1720 that an effort was made to sell a collected edition of poems, but that ‘gather-up edition’ has many problems of its own, from provenance to pagination. This work, printed by Thomas Ruddiman, is the first serious and authoritative edition of Ramsay’s work. Burns Martin calls it ‘the well-known subscribers’ edition,’ making reference to the printing proposals in the August 11, 1720 number of the Caledonian Mercury. Copy [1] contains the frontispiece by Vertue; [2] contains a large mezzotint portrait of Ramsay by George White after William Aikman, ie. not the portrait intended to as the frontispiece for this edition; [3] contains the portrait after Smibert by Verkuys.

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Secondary Bibliography

Secondary Bibliography in order of publication date (most recent first)


  • Scottish Literary Review 10:1 (Glasgow: ASLS, 2018) ed. Murray Pittock.

    Brown, Rhona, ‘The Afterlives of Allan Ramsay in the British Periodical Press, 1720–1870’, pp. 95-115.

    Gillespie, Stuart, “‘Horace's Letter of Invitation”: A Newly Discovered Horatian Imitation by Allan Ramsay’, pp. 159-168.

    Jung, Sandro, ‘James Robertson’s Poems of Allan Ramsay (1802) and the Adaptation of Other Scottish Booksellers’ Book Illustrations of the Works of Ramsay’, pp. 139-158.

    Lamont, Craig, ‘Allan Ramsay and Edinburgh: Commemoration in the City of Forgetting’, pp. 117-137.

    Mackay, Pauline, “‘In Bawdy Policy Well-Gifted”: Allan Ramsay, Bawdry and the Reformation of Manners’, pp. 73-94.

    McGuinness, David & McGregor, Aaron, ‘Ramsay's Musical Sources: Reconstructing a Poet's Musical Memory’, pp. 49-71.

    Newman, Steve, ‘“Hodden-Gray”: Pastoral, Enlightenment Re-Mediation, and The Proverbial Allan Ramsay’, pp. 1-18.

    Young, Ronnie, “‘The Book of Maybees is very Braid”: Ramsay's Collection of Scots Proverbs and Enlightenment Print Culture’, pp. 19-48.

  • Andrew, Patricia R. “Four Statues and a Landslip: Allan Ramsay, John Wilson, Thomas Guthrie and Charity.” Book of the Old Edinburgh Club New Series Vol. 12 (Edinburgh: 2016), 65-82.
  • Morris, R. J., ‘Ramsay Garden: “Professor Geddes’s New Buildings,”’ Book of the Old Edinburgh Club New Series Vol. 10 (2014) pp. 107–126.

  • Campbell, Mungo et al, Allan Ramsay: portraits of the Enlightenment. Munich: Prestel, 2013. 


  • Newman, Steve, “Second-Sighted Scot: Allan Ramsay and the South Sea Bubble,” The Scottish Literary Review, Spring/Summer 2012 (4:1): 18-33.

  • Gelbart, Matthew. “Allan Ramsay, the Idea of ‘Scottish Music’ and the Beginnings of ‘National Music’ in Europe.” Eighteenth-Century Music 9/1 (Cambridge: CUP, 2012), 81-108. 
  • Brown, Rhona. “Allan Ramsay, Robert Fergusson and Robert Burns.” In Burns and Other Poets. Edited by David Sergeant and Fiona Stafford, 23–38. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011.
  • Pittock, Murray. Scottish and Irish Romanticism. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Newman, Steve. Ballad Collection, Lyric, and the Canon: The Call of the Popular from the Restoration to the New Criticism. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
  • Pittock, Murray. “Allan Ramsay and the Decolonisation of Genre.” Review of English Studies 58:235 (2007): 316–337.
  • Gelbart, Matthew. The Invention of “Folk Music” and “Art Music”’. Cambridge: CUP, 2007. Discussion of Ramsay 31ff.
  • Andrews, Corey. Literary Nationalism in Eighteenth-Century Scottish Club Poetry. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 2004.
  • MacLachlan, Christopher, ed. Before Burns: Eighteenth-Century Scottish Poetry. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2002.
  • Newman, Steve. “The Scots Songs of Allan Ramsay: ‘Lyrick’ Transformation, Popular Culture, and the Boundaries of the Scottish Enlightenment.” Modern Language Quarterly 63.3 (2002): 277–314.
  • Frishcer, Bernard D. & Brown, Iain Gordon eds., Allan Ramsay and the search for Horace’s Villa. Aldershot: Ashgate, 2001.
  • Murphy, Michael. “Allan Ramsay’s Contribution to Theatre in Edinburgh, 1719–39.” Scottish Studies Review 2.2 (2001): 9–28.
  • Carruthers, Gerard, and Sarah Dunnigan. “A Reconfused Chaos Now: Scottish Poetry and Nation from the Medieval Period to the Eighteenth Century.” Edinburgh Review 100 (1999): 81–94.
  • Greaves, Roger. “‘Thigging a Fable fra a Frenchman’: Allan Ramsay’s Imitations of La Fontaine and La Motte.” Translation and Literature 8:2 (1999): 176–196.
  • Rieuwerts, Sigrid. “Allan Ramsay and the Scottish Ballads.” Aberdeen University Review 58.201 (1999): 29–41.
  • Jack, R. D. S. “Which Vernacular Revival?” Studies in Scottish Literature 30 (1998): 9–17.
  • Murphy, Michael. “Allan Ramsay (1686–1758): Jacobite War or Hanoverian Peace?” In Guerres et paix: La Grande-Bretagne au XVIIIe siècle, I–II. Edited by Paul-Gabriel Boucé, 165–173. Paris: Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, 1998.
  • Simpson, Kenneth. “Poetic Genre and National Identity: Ramsay, Fergusson and Burns.” Studies in Scottish Literature 30 (1997): 31–42. 
  • MacLaine, Allan H., ed. The Christis Kirk Tradition: Scottish Poems of Folk Festivity. Glasgow: Association for Scottish Literary Studies, 1996. 
  • Buffoni, Franco. “La pastorale scozzese di Allan Ramsay.” Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature 2 (1993): 261–277. 
  • Buffoni, Franco. Ramsay e Ferguson precursori di Burns: Poesia pastorale e poesia vernacolare nel Settecento scozzese. Milan: Guerini, 1992.
  • Kinghorn, Alexander Manson. “Watson’s Choice, Ramsay’s Voice and a Flash of Fergusson.” Scottish Literary Journal 19.2 (1992): 5–23.
  • Pittock, Murray. “Were the Easy Club Jacobites?” Scottish Literary Journal 17:1 (1990): 91–94.
  • Mackay, James A. “Two Hitherto Unrecorded Letters of Allan Ramsay.” Studies in Scottish Literature 24 (1989): 1–6.
  • Law, Alexander. “Allan Ramsay and the Easy Club.” Scottish Literary Journal 16.2 (1989): 18–40.
  • Freeman, F. W. “Pastoral and Politics at Mid-Century.” In The History of Scottish Literature. Vol. 2. Edited by Andrew Hook, 141–156. Aberdeen, UK: Aberdeen University Press, 1987.
  • McClure, J. Derrick. “Language and Genre in Ramsay’s 1721 Poems.” In Aberdeen and the Enlightenment: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Aberdeen. Edited by Jennifer J. Carter and Joan H. Pittock, 261–269. Aberdeen, UK: Aberdeen University Press, 1987.
  • Murphy, Michael. “Glossing Allan Ramsay.” Bulletin de la Société d’Études anglo-américaines des XVIIe et XVIIIe siècles 43 (1986): 75–80.
  • Brown, Iain Gordon. “‘Superfyn Poetry Nae Doubt?’ Advice to Allan Ramsay, and a Criticism of The Gentle Shepherd.” Bibliotheck 13.2 (1986): 33–41.
  • MacLaine, Allan H. Allan Ramsay. Boston: Twayne, 1985.
  • Law, Alexander. “Allan Ramsay: Edinburgh University’s Recent Acquisitions.” Studies in Scottish Literature 20 (1985): 48–56.
  • Crawford, Thomas. “The Medievalism of Allan Ramsay.” Scottish Studies 4 (1984): 497–507.
  • Brown, Iain G. Poet and Painter: Allan Ramsay, Father and Son, 1684–1784. Edinburgh: National Library of Scotland, 1984.
  • McGuirk, Carol. “Augustan Influences on Allan Ramsay.” Studies in Scottish Literature 16 (1981): 97–109.
  • Freeman, F. W. “The Intellectual Background of the Vernacular Revival before Burns.” Studies in Scottish Literature 16 (1981): 168–187.
  • Freeman, F. W., and Alexander Law. “Allan Ramsay’s First Published Poem: The Poem to the Memory of Dr. Archibald Pitcairne.” Bibliotheck 9.5 (1979): 153–160.
  • Zenzinger, Peter. My Muse Is British: Allan Ramsay und die Neubelebung der schottischen Dichtkunst im 18. Jahrhundert. Grossen-Linden, West Germany: Hoffmann, 1977.
  • Kinghorn, Alexander Manson, and Alexander Law, eds. Poems by Allan Ramsay and Robert Fergusson. Edinburgh: Scottish Academic Press, 1974.
  • Allentuck, Marcia E. “David Hume and Allan Ramsay: A New Letter.” Studies in Scottish Literature 9 (1972): 265–266.
  • Thomas G. Rosenmeyer, The Green Cabinet: Theocritus and the European Pastoral Lyric. Berkeley and LA: University of California Press, 1969 (p10).
  • McElroy, Davis D. Scotland’s Age of Improvement: A Survey of Eighteenth-Century Literary Clubs and Societies. Pullman: Washington State University Press, 1969.
  • Pegg, M. A. “An Unrecorded Edition of Allan Ramsay.” Studies in Scottish Literature 2 (1964): 61.
  • Helen Armet, ‘Allan Ramsay of Kinkell’s Property on the Castlehill’, Book of the Old Edinburgh Club XXX (1959), 19-30
  • Montgomerie, William. “The Scottish Folk-Song Tradition in Ramsay, Fergusson and Burns.” In Robert Fergusson, 1750–74: Essays by Various Hands to Commemorate the Bicentenary of His Birth. Edited by Sydney Goodsir Smith, 172–187. Edinburgh: Nelson, 1952.
  • Martin, Burns, Alexander Manson Kinghorn, and Alexander Law, eds. The Works of Allan Ramsay. 6 vols. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1951–1974.
  • Bertrand Bronson, Joseph Ritson: Scholar-at-Arms. 2 vols. University of California Press: Berkeley, 1938. I:232 ff discussion of Ritson and Ramsay, including Ritson’s projected edition of this ‘untutored child of nature & of genius’ (I:232)
  • Martin, Burns. Allan Ramsay: A Study of His Life and Works. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1931.
  • Martin, Burns. Bibliography of Allan Ramsay. Glasgow: Jackson, Wylie, 1931.
  • Grattan Flood, W. H. “The First Ballad Opera: Allan Ramsay’s ‘The Gentle Shepherd.’” Musical Times 69.1026 (1928).
  • Chapman, R. W. “Allan Ramsay’s Poems 1720.” Review of English Studies 3.11 (1927): 343–346.
  • Gibson, Andrew. New Light on Allan Ramsay. Edinburgh: Brown, 1924.
  • These Fifty Years: The story of Carrubber’s Close Mission, Edinburgh. Edinburgh: The Tract and Colportage Society, 1909, includes a photograph of the interior of Ramsay’s converted theatre (p19)-case argued by Joe Rock.
  • Mackail, J. W. “Allan Ramsay and the Romantic Revival.” Essays and Studies 10 (1908): 137–144.
  • Smeaton, Oliphant. Allan Ramsay [Famous Scots Series]. Edinburgh: Oliphant Anderson & Ferrier, 1896.
  • Irving, David. The Lives of the Scottish Poets. Glasgow: MacLehose, 1810.






New work by our team

As the project develops our Editoral and research partners share their findings with audiences and readers via conferences and journals. In this section we offer an overview of these outputs and will keep it updated over the course of the projects.

Conference papers/ lectures


  • Panel: 'The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay: a Scholarly Edition in Review', British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 48th Annual Conference, 4 January 2023.
    • Professor Murray Pittock, University of Glasgow
      The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay: Social Text and Social Context
    • Dr Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, University of Glasgow/Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
      The musical archaeology of Allan Ramsay’s Tea Table Miscellany volumes 3 & 4
    • Dr Craig Lamont, University of Glasgow
      The Prose of Allan Ramsay: books, business, and buildings


  • David McGuinness and Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, 'Early evidence for the music in Allan Ramsay’s The Gentle Shepherd and its performance history', Musica Scotica, Stirling, 3 May 2019.
  • Panel: 'Archives, Meditation, and Publication [ECSSS], American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 50th Annual Meeting(Denver, CO), 22 March 2019
    • Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, 'The origins of ‘The Yellow Hair’d Laddie: A case Study for editing music in Ramsay’s Gentle Shepherd'.
    • Steve Newman, 'The Gentle Shepherd, the Archives, and (Re)Meditation'.  
  • Panel: 'The Collected Works of Allan Ramsay: issues of text and music', British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies 48th Annual Conference, 4 January 2019.
    • Craig Lamont, '"The Ravishing Images crowd upon me": Diversity and Craft in the early poetry of Allan Ramsay'.
    • Brianna Robertson-Kirkland, 'Indoor or outdoor? The Performance history of Allan Ramsay's The Gentle Shepherd.'


  • David McGuinness, Aaron McGregor w/ Concerto Caledonia, performing scenes from The Gentle Shepherd. 8th European Conference on Alcohol Policy, Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. 20 November 2018. 



Robertson-Kirkland, B. ‘Damage to trees’: Performing Ramsay’s The Gentle Shepherd at Haddington Grammar School: A theory and its scholarly impact. Theatre Notebook, 75:3, 2021, pp.173-186.

'Allan Ramsay's Future', Studies in Scottish Literature, 46:2 ed. Murray Pittock and Craig Lamont.

Rhona Brown, 'Self-Curation, Self-Editing and Audience Construction by Eighteenth-Century Scots Vernacular Poets', Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 42:2,

Murray Pittock, Enlightenment in a Smart City: Edinburgh's Civic Development, 1660-1750 (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

Scottish Literary Review 10:1 (Glasgow: ASLS, 2018) ed. Murray Pittock:

  • Rhona Brown, ‘The Afterlives of Allan Ramsay in the British Periodical Press, 1720–1870’, pp. 95-115.
  • Stuart Gillespie, “‘Horace's Letter of Invitation”: A Newly Discovered Horatian Imitation by Allan Ramsay’, pp. 159-168.
  • Sandro Jung, ‘James Robertson’s Poems of Allan Ramsay (1802) and the Adaptation of Other Scottish Booksellers’ Book Illustrations of the Works of Ramsay’, pp. 139-158.
  • Craig Lamont, ‘Allan Ramsay and Edinburgh: Commemoration in the City of Forgetting’, pp. 117-137.
  • Pauline Mackay, “‘In Bawdy Policy Well-Gifted”: Allan Ramsay, Bawdry and the Reformation of Manners’, pp. 73-94.
  • David McGuinness & Aaron McGregor, ‘Ramsay's Musical Sources: Reconstructing a Poet's Musical Memory’, pp. 49-71.
  • Steve Newman, ‘“Hodden-Gray”: Pastoral, Enlightenment Re-Mediation, and The Proverbial Allan Ramsay’, pp. 1-18.
  • Ronnie Young, “‘The Book of Maybees is very Braid”: Ramsay's Collection of Scots Proverbs and Enlightenment Print Culture’, pp. 19-48.