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David Macbeth Moir Scottish
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and writer, was born at Musselburgh
Musselburgh is the largest settlement in East Lothian, Scotland, on the coast of the Firth of Forth, six miles east of Edinburgh city centre.-History:...
He studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh
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, taking his degree in 1816. Entering into partnership with a Musselburgh doctor he practised there until his death. He was a contributor of both prose and verse to the magazines, and particularly, with the signature of Delta
, to Blackwood's Magazine
Blackwood's Magazine was a British magazine and miscellany printed between 1817 and 1980. It was founded by the publisher William Blackwood and was originally called the Edinburgh Monthly Magazine. The first number appeared in April 1817 under the editorship of Thomas Pringle and James Cleghorn...
. His life is featured in the book, The “Blackwood” Group
by Sir George Douglas, Edinburgh: Oliphant, Anderson & Ferrier, 1897.
A collection of his poetry was edited in 1852 by Thomas Aird
Thomas Aird , Scottish poet, was born at Bowden, Roxburghshire.Aird was educated at the University of Edinburgh, where he met John Wilson, Thomas Carlyle and James Hogg, as well as other men of letters. Under their influence, he decided to devote himself to literary work...
. Among his publications were the famous Life of Mansie Wauch, Tailor
(1828), which shows his gifts as a humorist, Outlines of the Ancient History of Medicine
(1831), and Sketch of the Poetical Literature of the Past Half Century