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Charles Kirkpatrick Sharpe (1781-1851) - Antiquary

He was born on 15th of May 1781 at Hoddam, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, and was educated in Edinburgh and at Christ Church, Oxford, where he graduated in 1806. In 1803 he began a lifelong friendship with Sir Walter Scott, contributing two ballads to the third volume of The Minstrelsy Of The Scottish Border (1803), and giving advice about the origin of several ballads, especially 'The Twa Corbies'. Sharpe had a reputation for his waspish caricatures and satires, and his letters, which were published in 1888 by Alexander Allardyce, demonstrate his weakness for scandal, though they present a vivid picture of literary society in his lifetime. An indefatigable collector of antiquities and ballads, he edited and illustrated editions for the Bannatyne Club and the Abbotsford Club, and he enjoyed the friendship of David Laing and Thomas Thomson. The latter part of his life was spent in seclusion in Drummond Place, Edinburgh. In his youth Sharpe wrote a number of poor poems and a drama, which remained unpublished.

Works: Metrical Legends and Other Poems (1807;ed., Extracts from the Household Book of Lady Marie Stewart (1815); ed., A Ballad Book: (1823); ed., A Pairt of the Life of Lady Margaret Cunninghame (1827); ed., A Memorial of the Conversion of Jean Livingstone, Lady Waristoun (1827); The Wizard Peter (1834); ed., Surgundo (1837); A Historical Account of the Belief of Witchcraft in Scotland (1884).

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