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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James B. Manson (?1820-68)



Journalist and art critic, born in 1820 (or 1823). He worked as a schoolmaster at Bannockburn during 1847-53. Thereafter he became an editor, first of the Stirling Observer and then of the Northern Daily Express (Newcastle-upon-Tyne), and moved to the Edinburgh Daily Review in 1861, of which he was a principal leading writer from 1862 until his death in 1868. (N. M.)

1.Robert the Bruce, a Ballad of Banockburn
2.Sir Guido