John Davidson

John Davidson

John Davidson (1857-1909), Scottish Poet.

John Davidson was born in Barrhead, on the 11th April 1857, the fourth child and first son of the Reverend Alexander Davidson, a minister in the newly formed Evangelical Union Church, and Helen Crockett, the daughter of a schoolteacher and an elder of the church in Elgin. Davidson spent his childhood years in Greenock and, after a year at university, he taught in Glasgow, Paisley, Greenock and Perth.

After teaching for a number of years in Scotland, Davidson found success in London as a literary reviewer, editor and poet. His most popular works included, In Romney Marsh, London, Thirty Bob a Week, Ballads and Songs, Fleet Street Eclogues, From the Crown, New Ballads, A Runnable Stag, The Last Journey and many other literary dramas and novels.

Davidson earned little money for his work and suffered a nervous breakdown shortly before his 52nd birthday. He disappeared not long after and his body was discovered at sea in 1909. Davidson had committed suicide by drowning in the ocean off Penzance.

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