Gilfillan, Robert (M)

b. 7 July 1798. d. 4 December 1850. Nationality: Scottish. VIAF.
Poet and songwriter. Son of a master weaver, Gilfillan became an apprentice cooper in 1811. By 1816, he began writing poetry (and had been writing songs since he was a child). Worked as a warehouse clerk to merchants while attending night classes at the Edinburgh School of Arts. In 1831, he he published his first collection of poetry. In 1837, he became a tax collector, a role he continued until his death, while still writing and publishing poetry. Biographical information: *ODNB*. (KH)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
“Write, write, tourist and traveller” 1828-01 Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine Poet 10760
Peter McCraw 1835-08-01 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3338
The Poor Man’s Grave 1836-08-27 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3423
I Cannot Get a Publisher 1837-05-20 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3485
Oh! This Were A Bright World 1837-06-10 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3486
The Midnight Review 1837-11-25 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Translator 3511
Hymn to the Setting Sun 1838-08-04 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3611
Song 1838-10-20 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3637
Song of Peace 1839-02-02 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3714
Oh! The Flowery Month of June 1840-08-22 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 4413
The Dredging Song 1847-11-13 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5939