William Drummond of Hawthornden

DRUMMOND, William, of Hawthornden. b. Lasswade, near Edinburgh (now in Midlothian), 13 December 1585; d. Lasswade, 4 December 1649. He was the son of Sir John Drummond (1553-1610), Laird of Hawthornden. He was educated at the High School of Edinburgh, and Edinburgh College (now the University of Edinburgh), MA 1605, followed by a time in France studying law. On the death of his father he became the Laird of Hawthornden, and lived at Lasswade, devoting his time to local affairs and to writing. He published Poems by William Drummond of Hawthorn-denne (1616), and Flowres of Sion (1623). The latter contained a prose meditation upon death, ‘A Cypress Grove’. In 1633 he helped to celebrate the...

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