Donald, George (1800-1851) (M)

Surname: Donald
Forename(s): George
b. 19 January 1800. d. 7 December 1851. Nationality: Scottish.
Working-class poet, journalist, and Chartist. Born in Calton, Glasgow. Limited schooling. Learned English and Latin. Worked as a cotton factory operative. Destitute and abandoned by his family due to his alcoholism in the 1840s. Married Mary Wallace in 1825. Contributed to the Liberator. Emigrated to the United States but returned after sixteen months. Author of Lays of the Covenanters (published as a series in a Glasgow newspaper, and then as a volume) and nursery songs for the Whistle Binkie. Worked for the newspaper Glasgow Examiner. Biographical information: D. H. Edwards, Modern Scottish Poets, second series, D. H. Edwards, 1881, p. 72; Robert Brown, Paisley Poets, with Brief Memoirs of them, and Selections from their Poetry, vol. 2, J. & J. Cook, 1890, pp. 229-30; Charles Rogers, The Modern Scottish Minstrel, Adam and Charles Black, vol. 6, 1857, pp. 35-6; Kirstie Blair, Working Verse in Victorian Scotland, Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 81-2; Whistle-Binkie: Or, the Piper of the Party; Being a Collection of Songs for the Social Circle, vols. 1-2, David Robertson, 1878. (AC, CC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 8
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Songs for the People No. II 1839-12-14 The Chartist Circular Poet 9
Songs for the People. No. III 1840-01-04 The Chartist Circular Poet 12
Songs for the People. No. IV 1840-01-11 The Chartist Circular Poet 13
Songs for the People. No. V 1840-01-25 The Chartist Circular Poet 15
Songs for the People.—No. VI 1840-02-29 The Chartist Circular Poet 23
Elegy on the Death of J. F. Cavanagh, Bridgeton 1841-10-09 The Chartist Circular Poet 122
Lines to the Memory of Robert Johnston, Bridgeton 1841-10-23 The Chartist Circular Poet 124
Past and Present 1842-05-28 The Chartist Circular Poet 156