John Leyden

John Leyden, 1775 - 1811. Physician and poet (1811)

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Birth Year: 
1775
Death Year: 
1811
Cause of Death: 
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Leyden visited an "unventilated native library" in Java in 1811, and was "seized with Batavian fever (possibly malaria or dengue)" (ODNB, Wikipedia). He died on 28 August 1811 and was buried on Java.

John Leyden's Publications

Title Publication Date Publisher Edition Other Editions Editor Collaborator Patron Subscription Description Key Subscribers Pages Call Number Dialect Language Digitized or Digital Editions Additional Notes
Historical and Philosophical Sketch of the Discoveries and Settlements of the Europeans in Northern and Western Africa, at the Close of the Eighteenth Century 1799 J. Moir Google Books
Complaynt of Scotland 1801 Archibald Constable & Co. John Leyden Archive.org
Scottish Descriptive Poems; with Some Illustrations of Scotish Literary Antiquities 1803 Mundell & Son Archive.org

While in the Scottish Highlands Leyden "investigated the Ossianic question, and recovered from James Beattie at Aberdeen the anonymous poem ‘Albania’, which he published along with John Wilson's ‘Clyde’ " in this text (ODNB)

Scenes of Infancy, Descriptive of Teviotdale 1803 James Ballantyne & Co. Google Books
Dissertation on the Languages and Literature of the Indo-Chinese Nations, first published in Calcutta 1808

"This essay affords a really remarkable survey of fourteen different languages and literatures geographically between India and China, treating, among other cultures, those of Malaysia, Java, the Philippines, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, and Bali. Leyden also makes extensive historiographical comments on the development of European scholarship about these areas between the Renaissance and his own time." (ODNB)

The Poetical Remains of the Late Dr. John Leyden 1821 Strahan & Spottiswoode Google Books
Malay Annals 1821 Longman, Rees, Orme, & Brown (Green, Hurst) English Google Books
Commentaries of Babur 1821
Edition Title: 
Memoirs of Zehir-Ed-Din Muhammed Babur, emperor of Hindustan
Publication Date: 
1921
English

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John Leyden addressed in writing by James Hogg

"James Hogg bewailed his loss of the poet's [Leyden's] 'glowing measure" (ODNB).

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John Leyden collaborated with Sir Walter Scott

In 1801 Heber introduced Leyden to Walter Scott, whom he materially helped with the earlier volumes of the Border Minstrelsy (1802), contributing five poems to volume 1 and material for the learned disquisition on fairies to volume 2 (Lockhart, 1.326). ... Scott, in addition to frequent references, embalmed his ‘bright and brief career’ in the Lord of the Isles, IV.xi. His ‘Memoir of Leyden’ first appeared in the Edinburgh Annual Register (1811). (ODNB)

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