Motherwell, William (M)

b. 13 October 1797. d. 1 November 1835. Nationality: Scottish. VIAF.
Poet and ballad editor. Pseudonym: “Isaac Brown.” Born in Glasgow. Father was an ironmonger. At age 15 was apprenticed as clerk to the office of the sheriff-clerk in Paisley, becoming sheriff-clerk-depute of Renfrewshire from 1819 to 1829. Attended Glasgow University to read classics 1818 to 1819. Initially held radical political views but later became a Tory. Correspondent of Walter Scott. Edited *The Harp of Renfrewshire* (1820), the ballad collection *Minstrelsy Ancient and Modern* (1827), and co-edited an edition of Burns with James Hogg. Author of *Renfrewshire Characters and Scenery* (1824), *Poems, Narrative and Lyrical* (1832), and *Poetical Works* (1847, 1849, 1881). Founder and editor of *Paisley Magazine* (from 1828), editor of *Paisley Advertiser* (1828-1830). Became editor of *Glasgow Courier* from 1830, after his move to Glasgow, where he became involved in anti-reform politics and Orangeism. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Total poems: 2
Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
Jeanie Morrison 1832-12-01 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3018
Verses By Motherwell, Written a Few Days Before His Death 1837-07-01 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3488