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DEATH OF PROFESSOR AYTOUN.

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DEATH OF PROFESSOR AYTOUN. The death of Professor Aytoun, which we have to record, will excite regret and awaken a sense of loss throughout the country. For a number of years his state of health had been unsatisfactory. For a year or two he had retired, for at least part of the summer recess, to Blackhills, near Elgin, a residence which he had leased for the sake of the shooting and fishing, and the other country recreations of which he was so fond; and it was there that, early on Friday morning, he died, at the too early age of fifty-two. William Edmondstoune Aytoun was born in 1813, of an old Fifeshire family. He received his education at Edin- burgh Dniversity- beJng distinguished among his class-fellows at the former by the elegance and excel- lence of his English and Latin compositions. In 1831 he gave to the public his first work—a poem on "Poland," the.inspirationof which his impulsive andro- mantic spirit ha* doubtless drawn from the stirring events of the Polish Revolution. In 1840 he was ad- mitted as an advocate. His geniality and ready wit made him a favourite among his fellows of the robe. In 1845 he was fortunate enough to be appointed to the chair of Literature and Belles Lettres in the Uni- versity of Edinburgh, and in 1852 the Conservative Government further advanced him by making him sheriff of Orkney and Shetland. Shortly after his appointment to his chair he married the youngest daughter of Professor Wilson. From Oxford Uni- versity he received, a year or two later, the degree of D.C.L. The "Lays of the Scottish Cavaliers" :was | Mr. Ay town's most ambitious, find it hae been his most successful work. Many of the best of the "Bon Gaultier" ballads, too, we owe to Mr. Aytoun's fancy and humour. "Bothwell, a Poem," the plot of which was taken from the tangled history of Mary Queen of Soots, was published in 1856, and has passed through three editions. In 1858 Mr. Aytoun edited a collec- tion of the" Ballads of Scotland;" and in the same year appeared the graceful and classical translations of the Poems and Ballads of Goethe," executed in common by Mr. Aytoun and Theodore Martin.

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