Alexander Whitelaw (editor)
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Alexander Whitelaw Editor

Alexander Whitelaw (1803-1846)[1][2] was a Scottish editor and writer.


Whitelaw was born in Glasgow,[1] and became an assistant to Robert Watt in the compilation of Bibliotheca Britannica.[3] He later was a journalist and poet. Hired by the publishers Blackie, he edited illustrated books;[1] he also edited the Popular Encyclopedia or Conversations Lexicon, which appeared from 1834 to 1842.[4]

Edited works

  • The Casquet of Literary Gems (1828)[5]
  • The Republic of Letters (1833)[6]
  • Works of Robert Burns, 2 vols., 1843-4[7]
  • The Book of Scottish Song (1844)[8]
  • The Book of Scottish Ballads (1845)[9]


  1. ^ a b c "Scottish Notes and Queries". Internet Archive. 3rd series. November 1906. p. 76. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Finlayson, James (1897). "An Account of the Life and Works of Dr. Robert Watt". London: Smith, Elder & Co. p. 40. Retrieved 2015.
  3. ^ Samuel Austin Allibone (1871). A critical dictionary of English literature, and British and American authors living and deceased. p. 2696.
  4. ^ Daniele Besomi (1 March 2013). Crises and Cycles in Economic Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias. Routledge. p. 14. ISBN 978-1-136-72290-5.
  5. ^ Alexander Whitelaw (1828). The Casquet of Literary Gems. Blackie, Fullarton & Company.
  6. ^ Alexander Whitelaw, ed. (1833). The Republic of Letters.
  7. ^ Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1886). "Burns, Robert (1759-1796)" . Dictionary of National Biography. 7. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  8. ^ Alexander Whitelaw, ed. (1844). The Book of Scottish Song, Collected and Illustrated with Historical and Critical Notices.
  9. ^ Alexander Whitelaw (1845). The Book of Scottish Ballads; Collected and Illustrated with Historical and Critical Notices.

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