Park, William (M)

b. 22 February 1788. d. 5 June 1843. Nationality: Scottish.
Rural-class Scottish poet, known as the “Eskdale Poet.” Born at Crooks, Westerkirk, the illegitimate son of William Park, who emigrated to Grenada and left William with his paternal grandfather. Educated at the parochial school. Read widely thanks to the local subscription library. Worked as a cow herd, servant, then tenant farmer. Became the editors of the *Dumfries Standard* just before his death. Author of *The Vale of Esk and Other Poems* (1833). Biographical information: Charles Rogers (ed.), *The Modern Scottish Minstrel*, vol. 3, Adam and Charles Black, 1856, pp. 97-8. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Ode to Poverty 1830-04 Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine Poet 10063
Verses Addressed to One of the Human Teeth Dug Out of the Cairn on Airswood-Moss, May 1828 1830-04 Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine Poet 10064
Ode to Poverty 1832-02-11 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 2984
Tooth of the Olden Time 1833-11-23 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3133