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Forbes, William

A pil for pork-eaters

      [Forbes, William.] A pil [sic] for pork-eaters: or, a Scots lancet for an English swelling. Edinburgh: printed by James Watson, 1705. 12 pp. Sm. 4to, disbound. First edition. A raucous satire in verse against the Scottish Union, the immediate inspiration for which appears to have been the notorious execution of Capt. Thomas Green for piracy (which the author enthusiastically defends). "The Scots did not lack for composers of doggerel against the Union, but this piece of invective was unusually severe and unusually well done. Little of an emotional or controversial nature in the recent history of the two kingdoms was ignored or allowed to pass. Darien as well as Captain Green were brought forth and utilized to denote the nature of English intentions." -- McLeod, Anglo-Scottish Tracts, 1701-1714, 293. Of the author little is known, save that he published a number of other poems; he is sometimes called Forbes of Disblair. A very good copy of a very uncommon title; the ESTC lists ten locations (L, E, Ea, Gu, KIR; C-S, CaOHM, InU-Li, KU-S, RPJCB), and notes that the poem has sometimes been attributed to the better-known Alexander Pennecuik. Foxon F188.

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