Friday 15th October was the anniversary of the death – sadly in his early twenties – of one of Scotland’s great poets, Robert Fergusson (1750-1774). It was marked by an event organised by the Scottish Arts Club at the Canongate Kirkyard where he is buried, and where Robert Burns later had a headstone erected for him. Robert Louis Stevenson had also been inspired by Fergusson’s poetry.
There were three brief talks: the poet Rab Wilson on Burns, David Reid (chairman of the RLS Club) on Stevenson and I did a short offering on Fergusson. Lesley Duncan, Poetry Editor of the Herald,put a lovely simple wreath round the neck of Fergusson’s statue, already a much-loved feature of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile.