Edinburgh poet Robert Fergusson (5 September 1750 – 17 October 1774) had a short life, but his textual, medical, linguistic and cultural legacies were significant, to the extent that Robert Burns (1759 – 1796), often considered Scotland’s national poet, regarded Fergusson as his ‘elder brother in the muse’.

This project has two aims: to produce a new scholarly edition of Fergusson’s works for the twenty-first century reader; and to commemorate the poet’s legacies through academic and collaborative events with external partners throughout 2024 (the 250th anniversary of his death) and 2025.

The project will provide a comprehensive edition, but also asks: how do we understand Fergusson’s legacies in the twenty-first century?

With thanks to Dr Craig Lamont for our logo.

First banner image: West view of Edinburgh from the distance, illustration to the ‘New Geographical Dictionary’. Courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum. © The Trustees of the British Museum, Creative Commons License (image cropped).