1699, Apr 131784, May 20
a Scottish poet. Alexander Ross was born to a farming family at Torphins in Aberdeenshire. He was educated at Marischal College, Aberdeen and worked as private tutor for the children of Sir William Forbes of Craigievar. In 1732 he became a headmaster in Lochlee, Angus, where he would live until his death in 1784. A memorial was erected in his honour c. 1854 in the old churchyard of Angus Glen where he is buried. In 1768, at the suggestion of James Beattie, he published Helenore, or the Fortunate Shepherdess.
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