The History of Leith

November 21, 2011

John Home – author of Douglas

Scottish poet. Son of Alexander Home and Christian Hay. Married (1770) to Mary Home. Graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1742. Licensed by the Presbytery of Edinburgh (1745). Minister of the parish of Athelstaneford, Haddingtonshire (1746-1757). His tragedy Douglas was first produced in Edinburgh in 1756, and in 1757 at Drury Lane, starring Peg Woffington. In 1758 he was appointed Private Secretary to then secretary of state Lord Bute, a position which he kept until 1763 when Lord Bute was ousted as PM. In 1802 was published his History of the Rebellion of 1745. Member of The Poker Club. for more click here

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