Henry Glassford Bell

(1803-1874 / Scotland)

Biography of Henry Glassford Bell

Henry Glassford Bell (November 5, 1803 – January 7, 1874), a Scottish lawyer, poet and historian.

Born in Glasgow, he received his education at the Glasgow High School and at Edinburgh University. He was a member of the Scottish Bar, and became Sheriff of Lanarkshire. He became intimate with Delta Moir, James Hogg, John Wilson (Christopher North), and others of the brilliant staff of Blackwood's Magazine, to which he was drawn by his political sympathies. In 1828 he became editor of the Edinburgh Literary Journal, which was eventually incorporated in the Edinburgh Weekly Chronicle. He wrote a Life of Mary Queen of Scots (1830), strongly in her defence, and two vols. of poetry, Summer and Winter Hours (1831), and My Old Portfolio, the latter also containing pieces in prose.

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An Unrecorded Chronicle

Roll back, roll back a hundred years,
Thou ever-rolling wheel of time ;
Restore again dead hopes and fears,
Exhume the undiscovered crime.

Why should the tale remain untold,
Or noiseless Lethe waft it by ?—
The actors in the scene are cold,
But human passions never die.

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