Welcome to The British Literary Ballads Archive, a site dedicated to a unique genre of literary imitations of traditional ballads. The site contains a growing archive of over 700 poems, as well as short biographical sketches of the poets who wrote them.

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John Stuart Blackie (1809-95)



Scottish classical scholar, born in Glasgow. He made great effort to reform the university curriculum at Aberdeen; then, when he became a professor of Greek at Edinburgh, he endeavoured to institute a Celtic chair in 1882. His translation of Faust (1834) won the praise of Carlyle. His other publications are: Lays and Legends of Ancient Greece (1857), Lays of the Highlands and Islands (1872), Life of Robert Burns (1887), Scottish Song (1889), etc. (Y. Y.)

1.The Emigrant Lassie
2.John Frazer
3.The Two Meek Margarets