Alexander Ross of Lochlee, schoolmaster and poet, was a modest and retiring man whose uneventful life was spent entirely in the hinterland of North-East Scotland; yet he is an important figure in the eighteenth-century revival of Scottish poetry, and stands at the fountainhead of the still-flourishing tradition of literature in the distinctive North-East dialect.

The frequent appearance of Ross as a family name in this area makes it difficult to identify references to the poet’s early life with certainty; but it appears that he was born into a farming family and received his education at the local parish school of Kincardine O’Neil. He obtained a bursary to study at Marischal College (one of two independent universities in …

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McClure, J. Derrick. "Alexander Ross". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 11 January 2011
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