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Friday, 26 August 2011

Denholm, Teviotdale - birthplace of scholar, poet & scholar John Leyden

ON THIS DAY, 200 years ago ...
Poet, scholar and song-collector John Leyden died in Java, on 27th August 1811.  He was from the village of Denholm in Teviotdale, in the Scottish Borders, and helped Sir Walter Scott in his ballad collecting.  His 18th century cottage still stands to this day. 

To celebrate the bicentenary of Leyden's death, a wreath is being laid by Lord Minto at the Leyden monument in Denholm tomorrow, 28th August 2011, and the local television company may be there. 
  • Denholm village website - find out more about Leyden and other famous names!
  • website also has a brief bio of Leyden.  This picture of his monument comes from the Border Reivers page, with thanks.
  • Click on the "ballads" label below, to find a recent blogpost about Child ballads.

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