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MACKAY, Charles, author, born in Perth, Scotland, in 1814. He was educated in London and Brussels, was on the staff of the London "Morning Chronicle" in 1834-'44, and from the latter date till 1847 was editor of the " Glasgow Argus," after which he returned to London, where he has since resided. He lectured in the United States in 1857 on " Songs, National, Historical, and Popular," in 1860 established the " London Review," and in 1862-'5 was in the United States as war correspondent of the London " Times." The University of Glasgow gave him the title of LL.D. in 1847. Among his numerous works are "Songs and Poems" (London. 1834); " Legends of the Isles, and other Poems" (1845); "Town Lyrics " (1848); " Under Green Leaves" (1857); " Life and Liberty in America" (1859) ; "Under the Blue Sky" (1871); and "Gaelic Etymology of the English Language" (1878). See Wilson's " The Poets and Poetry of Scotland" (New York, 1876).
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