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 Marriott (1780-1825)


English poet and clergyman, born in Cotesbach, Leicestershire, September 1780. Marriott was educated at Christ Church, Oxford. He wrote several hymns, of which "Thou Whose Almighty Word" is best known, having been translated into several languages.

Scott addressed him as an intimate friend in the second canto of Marmion (1808), alluding to Marriott's store of classic and Gothic lore, to his poetic talk, and to his skill at the harp. Scott also included Marriott's literary ballads in his Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border (1802-3). (Y. Y.)

1.Archie Armstrong’s Aith
2.The Feast of Spurs