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Famous Scots
Publisher: Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier. Country: United Kingdom. Date: 1896-1905.

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Thomas Carlyle
by H. C. Macpherson [Hector C. Macpherson].
Edinburgh, Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, 1896 (Famous Scots Series).

Series Note: "These books [in the Famous Scots series] are distinctive for their bright red covers and uniform presentation. They are generally of a quite high scholarly quality... The authors often had access to biographical material which is no longer available. Two versions of each volume were published. An upmarket version has gilded lettering and motifs on the front cover and has gilt tape as book marker. It is about a quarter of inch longer than the ordinary version which is gilded only on the edge."
-- Source: Wikipedia

Volume Number / Title / Author / Year of Publication / Notes

1. Thomas Carlyle by Hector C. Macpherson. 1896.
2. Allan Ramsay by Oliphant Smeaton. 1896.
3. Hugh Miller by W. Keith Leask. 1896.
4. John Knox by A. Taylor Innes. 1896.
5. Robert Burns by Gabriel Setoun [Thomas Nicoll Hepburn]. 1896.
6. The Balladists [1] by John Geddie. 1896.
7. Richard Cameron by John Herkless. 1896.
8. Sir James Y. Simpson by Eve Blantyre Simpson. 1896.
9. Thomas Chalmers by W. Garden Blaikie. 1896.
10. James Boswell by W. Keith Leask. 1896.

11. Tobias Smollett by Oliphant Smeaton. 1897.
12. Fletcher of Saltoun by G. W. T. Omond. 1897.
13. The "Blackwood" Group [2] by Sir George Douglas. 1897.
14. Norman Macleod by John Wellwood. 1897.
15. Sir Walter Scott by George Saintsbury. 1897.
16. Kirkcaldy of Grange by Louis A. Barbé. 1897.
17. Robert Fergusson by A. B. Grosart. 1898.
18. James Thomson by William Bayne. 1898.
19. Mungo Park by T. Banks Maclachlan. 1898.
20. David Hume by Henry Calderwood. 1898.

21. William Dunbar by Oliphant Smeaton. 1898.
22. Sir William Wallace by A. F. Murison. 1898.
23. Robert Louis Stevenson by Margaret Moyes Black. 1898.
24. Thomas Reid by A. Campbell Fraser. 1898.
25. Pollok and Ayton by Rosaline Masson. 1898.
26. Adam Smith by Hector C. Macpherson. 1899.
27. Andrew Melville by William Morison. 1899.
28. James Frederick Ferrier by E. S. Haldane [Elizabeth Sanderson Haldane]. 1899.
29. King Robert the Bruce by A. F. Murison. 1899.
30. James Hogg by Sir George Douglas. 1899. [3]

31. Thomas Campbell by J. Cuthbert Hadden. 1899.
32. George Buchanan by Robert Wallace. 1899. Completed by J. Campbell Smith.
33. Sir David Wilkie and the Scots School of Painters by Edward Pinnington. 1900. [4]
34. The Erskines by A. R. MacEwen. 1900. [5]
35. Thomas Guthrie by Oliphant Smeaton. 1900.
36. David Livingstone by T. Banks Maclachlan. 1901.
37. The Academical Gregories by Agnes Grainger Stewart. 1901. [6]
38. Johnston of Warriston by William Morison. 1901.
39. Henry Drummond by James Y. Simpson. 1901. [7]
40. Principal Cairns by John Cairns. 1903. [8]

41. Viscount Dundee by Louis A. Barbé. 1903.
42. James Watt by Andrew Carnegie. 1905.

[1] The baladists described include Thomas the Rhymer, Robert Henryson, Lady Wardlaw, Lady Nairne, Lady Anne Barnard, Robert Burns, Sir Walter Scott, etc.

[2] The Blackwood Group includes John Wilson, John Galt, D. M. Moir, Susan Ferrier, Michael Scott, and Thomas Hamilton.

[3] Also included in this book are short biographies of the poets Robert Tannahill, William Motherwell, and William Thom.

[4] The artists in the Scots School described include: Allan Ramsay (artist), James Tassie, David Allan, Sir Henry Raeburn, Sir William Allan, Sir Noel Paton etc.

[5] The names of the Erskine brothers were Ebenezer and Ralph Erskine.

[6] The Gregories included John Gregory, James Gregory, William Gregory, etc. The Academical Gregories outlines the lives of twelve Gregories from 1638–1858.

[7] The father of the author, James Y. Simpson, was nephew of his namesake, James Young Simpson, the discoverer of chloroform.

[8] John Cairns (1857-1922) was the nephew of Principal Cairns.

The list and some of the notes above draw on the Wikipedia article on the series.

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