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WILLIAM ALEXANDER, EARL OF STIRLING (or STERLINE). [Bom about 1580,
of a family which had for some time owned Mcnstrie in Clackmannan.
In early life he travelled, and on Ms return, or during his
absence, wrote A urora, First Fancies of the A uthor's Youth, a
small volume of sonnets and songs to a real or imaginary lady
called Aurora. lie became a courtier in 1603, and followed James to
London. In 1603 he published at Edinburgh The Tragedie of Darius;
in 1604 he reprinted it, adding The Tragedie of Croesus and The
Parceuesis to Prince Henry; in 1607 he reprinted the two tragedies
and added The Alexandrean Tragedy and Julius Cmsar, under the joint
title of Tour Monnrchicke Tragedies.' lie helped King James in his
version of the Psalms. Knighted in 16jl, and made Secretary of
State for Scotland in 1626, he was raised to the peerage, as
Viscount Canada in 1630, and created Karl of Stirling 1633. lie
printed a fulio edition of his tragedies and of the religious poem
o( Domesday iu 1637, and died 1640.] Mr. Masson in his life of
Drummond pronounces a severe judgment over the grave of Drummond's
friend, Sir William Alexander, Earl of Stirling. 'There he lies, I
suppose, to this day, vaguely remembered as the second-rate
Scottish sycophant of an inglorious despotism, and the author of a
large quantity of fluent and stately English verse which no one
reads.' He certainly played no very glorious part in the attempts
of James and Charles to impose episcopacy on Scotland; unconscious
all the while that he was one of those who were preparing the way
for a ' Monarch- icke Tragedie' as terrible as any of the four that
he had put into verse. That the bulk of his poetry deserves that
neglect which, as Mr. Masson truly says, has befallen it, is not
likely to be disputed by those wh...
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