King, James (M)

b. 1776. d. 9 September 1849. Nationality: Scottish.
Poet and soldier. Born in Causeyside Street, Paisley. Left school at age eight to work for his father as a weaver. Joined a circulating library at age twelve and and shortly afterwards began writing poetry. Friend of Robert Tannahill. Enlisted as a soldier age 18, deserting after a false accusation of insubordination and then working as a farm labourer and weaver. Exonerated in 1815, he returned to live in Paisley. Biographical information: *Paisley Poets*, ed. by Robert Brown, J. & J. Cook, 1839, vol. 1, pp. 114-16. (AC)

Poems associated with this person

Poem title Date Periodical Roles id #
The King of the Radical Islands. Written a little after the death of George IV 1840-08-08 The Chartist Circular Poet 44
Touch not that Sword 1840-10-17 The Chartist Circular Poet 55