Originally published in 1898. A fascinating discourse on the Scottish vernacular and its use in Scottish literature through the ages. The contents Include: The Scottish Vernacular - Minstrelsy and Romance - Historical Poetry - Early Chaucerians - Dunbar and Walter Kennedy - Gavin Douglas and Sir David Lyndsay - Poets of the 16th Century - Vernacular Prose - Traditional Ballads and Songs - Before Ramsay - Ramsay to Burns - Burns and Afterwards etc. Many of the earliest history books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. Home Farm Books are republishing many of these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.