Ballantine, James (M)

d. 18 December 1877. Nationality: Scottish. VIAF.
Working-class poet, writing in Scots, and stained-glass artist. Born in 1807 or 1808 to a working-class family in West Port, Edinburgh. Surname sometimes given as “Ballantyne.” Largely self taught. His poetry was heavily influenced by Robert Burns. Began as a house painter in Edinburgh, and was a student of draughtsmanship at the Trustees’ Academy in Edinburgh. In 1837 started his own stained glass company in Edinburgh. Worked on stained glass windows for the House of Lords as well as many church commissions in Edinburgh (e.g. Grey Friars, St. Giles) and Glasgow (Ibrox parish church). Supported the building of the Scott monument. Author of *A Treatise on Painted Glass* (1845), *The Gaberlunzie’s Wallet* (1843), *The Miller of Deanhaugh*, *Lilias Lee* (1871), and *Life of David Roberts, R. A.* (1866). Biographical information: *ODNB*. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
The Wee Raggit Laddie 1832-12-22 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 3021
The First Grey Hair 1842-07-16 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5335
The Wee Raggit Lassie 1842-11-19 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5355
Bonny Bonaly 1845-01-11 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 5798
A Chant For Ragged Schools 1850-03-16 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6063
The Twin Brothers 1851-01-06 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6102
Wife, Come Hame 1856-05-31 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6301
Old Age’s Garland 1856-05-31 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6302
Naebody’s Bairn 1856-05-31 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6300
The Gray Hill Plaid 1856-05-31 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6304
The Faither’s Knee 1856-05-31 Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal Poet 6303