Hugh Haliburton ~ Poet


Hugh Haliburton (the Pseudonym of the minor poet James Logie Robertson): Born in Milnathort by Kinross in 1846 and educated at Orwell ParishSchool. Hugh Haliburton began as a student-teacher at Haddington before studying at Edinburgh University and teaching at Heriot’s Hospital. He became the first English master at Edinburgh Ladies’ College (later Mary Erskine’s School) a position he held between 1876 and 1913. In the guise of a shepherd in the Ochil Hills he wrote (and was published as Hugh Haliburton) Horace in HomespunA Series of Scottish Pastorals (1886) and Ochill Idylls (1891). His prose includes several essays. Hugh Haliburton was the editor of several poets: James Thomson (1700-1748); Robert Burns (1759-96); Allan Ramsay (1681-1758); and, Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832).



He died in 1922 in Edinburgh and is buried in Morningside Cemetery.