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Robert FergussonAge: 2417501774

Robert Fergusson
Given names
Birth September 5, 1750 39 36

Birth of a sisterMargaet Fergusson
1753 (Age 2)

Death of a fatherWilliam Fergusson
May 1767 (Age 16)

Death October 16, 1774 (Age 24)

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William Fergusson
Birth: 1711Of Tarland, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Death: May 1767
Elizabeth Forbes
Birth: March 6, 1714 34 36
Death: April 19, 1782
Marriage: 1741
2 years
elder brother
Harry Fergusson
Birth: 1742 31 27
3 years
elder sister
Barbara Fergusson
Birth: 1744 33 29
3 years
elder brother
Hi. John Fergusson
Birth: 1746 35 31
5 years
Robert Fergusson
Birth: September 5, 1750 39 36
Death: October 16, 1774
3 years
younger sister
Margaet Fergusson
Birth: 1753 42 38
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Elizabeth Forbes
Birth: March 6, 1714 34 36
Death: April 19, 1782


Robert Fergusson will ever be remembered as one of the greatest of Scottish Poets, whose highest distinction was that he inspuired Robert Burns, Scotland's greatest poet. The latter, in gratitude fore his gifts and in regret for Fergusson's early and untimely death erected at his own expense in the Canongate Churchyard, Edinburgh not far from the grave of Adam Smith, the author of "The Wealth of Nations a handsome tombstone thus inscribed:

Here lies Robert Fergusson, Poet, Born September 5th, 1750. Died October 16th, 1774.

No Sculptured Marble here nor poppous lay, No Storied Urn nor aniated Bust, This simple Stone directs Pale Scotia’s way To pour her Sorrows o’er her Poet’s Dust The reverse is inscribed: By special grant of the Managers to Robert Burns, who erected this Stone, this Burial place is to remain for Ever sacred to the memory of Robert Fergusson. [The erroneous date 1751 is given on the stone.]