Burns was highly influenced by Ramsay's use of Scots in his poetry. In a letter to James Hoy (6 November 1787), Burns writes of Ramsay: "There is I know not what of wild happiness of thought and expression peculiarly beautiful in the old Scottish song style, of which his Grace, old venerable Skinner, the author of Tullochgorum, &c., and the late Ross at Lochlee of true Scottish poetic memory, are the only modern instances that I recollect, since Ramsay with his contemporaries, and poor Bob Ferguson, went to the World of deathless existence and truly immortal song.
Pagan was famed for the song ‘Ca’ the yowes to the knowes’, revised by Burns and often set to music
Cunningham was esteemed by Sir Walter Scott
Bevin admired Gregory's trade union work
Tillet admired Gregory's trade union work