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Robert Pollok
Born: c. 1798
Renfrewshire, Scotland
Died: 15 September 1827
Shirley, Southampton, England
Occupation: Poet
Nationality: Scottish

Robert Pollok (c. 1798—15 September 1827) was a Scottish poet best known for The Course of Time, published the year of his death.

Pollok was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland. Sources differ on the exact year of his birth, some giving 1789,[1] some 1798,[2][3] and some 1799.[4][5] He studied at the University of Glasgow for the ministry of the United Secession Church. During this time, he anonymously published three poems: Helen of the Glen, The Persecuted Family, and Ralph Gemmell.[6] After Pollok's death, these would be published together under his name as Tales of the Covenanters.

In 1827, shortly before leaving the University, Pollok published what was to be his final and most famous work: The Course of Time, a ten-book poem in blank verse. By its fourth edition, The Course of Time had sold 78,000 copies and was popular as far away as North America.[2]

Later that year, suffering from tuberculosis, Pollok was advised by his doctors to travel to Italy. He left Scotland with this intention, but his health worsened rapidly, and he died at Shirley (at that time near, and now a part of Southampton) on the 15th of September.[4]

A monument to Pollok stands in Newton Mearns, Scotland, at the junction of the Glasgow/Ayr Road and the Old Mearns Road. It was unveiled on September 24, 1900, and bears the inscription "Robert Pollok, Author of 'The Course of Time' / Born 1798 Died 1827 / He soared untrodden heights and seemed at home".[7]

  1. ^ Cousin, John William. Biography of Pollok, Robert (1789-1827). A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature.
  2. ^ a b Robert Pollok, 1798-1827. Gazetteer for Scotland.
  3. ^ Robert Pollok (1798-1827). Classic Encyclopaedia.
  4. ^ a b Robert Pollok. Significant Scots.
  5. ^ Robert Pollok (1799-1827).
  6. ^ Schaff, Philip. Pollok, Robert. The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.
  7. ^ Robert Pollok Memorial, Mearns. Portal to the Past - East Renfrewshire's Heritage Collection (2006-08-07). Retrieved on 2007-05-23.
NAME Pollok, Robert
DATE OF BIRTH circa 1798
PLACE OF BIRTH Renfrewshire, Scotland
DATE OF DEATH September 15, 1827
PLACE OF DEATH Shirley, Southampton, England
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