Mrs J E Forsyth

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Robert Leighton, Scottish poet, was born in Dundee, 20 February 1822. On the death of his mother in 1835 he settled with his brother William, a shipowner in Dundee, attending the Academy there until 1837 when he entered his brother's office. In 1842-1843 he went round the world as a supercargo in one of William Leighton's ships. On his return he entered the service of the London and North Western Railway at Preston. He married in 1850 and his wife is the 'Eliza' of his dramatic and reflective poems. From 1854 to 1858 he managed a branch business of a firm of Liverpool seed merchants at Ayr. In 1849 he wrote for a Dundee pamphlet several poems and songs of which 'Jenny Marshall's Candy O' proved instantly popular. In 1855 Poems by Robin was published and in 1861 and 1866 Poems by Robert Leighton. Leighton was famous for reciting one of his early compositions 'The Laddie's Lamentation on the Loss O' his Whittle' and 'The Centenary of Robert Burns' which he recited at the Ayr gathering in 1859. Leighton's complete works are included in the two volumes Reuben and other Poems (1875) and Records and other Poems (1880). In March 1867 Leighton met with an accident near Youghal and became an invalid. He died at Liverpool 10 May 1869.

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