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John Home

The Works of John Home were collected and published by Henry Mackenzie in 1822 with "An Account of the Life and Writings of Mr John House," which also appeared separately in the same year, but several of his smaller poems seem to have escaped the editor's observation. These are--"The Fate of Caesar," "Verses upon Inveraray," "Epistle to the Earl of Eglintoun," "Prologue on the Birthday of the Prince of Wales, 1759" and several "Epigrams," which are printed in vol. ii. of Original Poems by Scottish Gentlemen (1762). See also Sir W Scott, "The Life and Works of John Home" in the Quarterly Review (June 1827).[5] Douglas is included in numerous collections of British drama. Voltaire published his Le Gaffe, ou l'Ecossaise (1760), Londres (really Geneva), as a translation from the work of Hume, described as pasteur de l'église d'Edimbourg, but Home seems to have taken no notice of the mystification

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Mourning the death of her brother Lady Randolph discloses to her maid that she was married to the son of her father's enemy. She was not able to acknowledge the marriage or the son that she bore. She sent her maid away with her son to the maid's sister's house. They were lost in a storm and never heard from again.

Her son, Douglas, is left outside shortly after birth to die of exposure. However, he is saved by a shepherd, Old Norval and gains him his name Young Norval and he is briefly reunited with her.  Sir Malcolm exposes the child, but Young Norval is given a commission in the army.

When he saves the life of Lord Randolph, the lord becomes indebted to him, and Young Norval gains the envy of Glenalvon, who is the lord's heir.  Douglas kills Glenalvon for spreading lies about him, and Douglas is killed by Lord Randolph after he was deceived by Glenalvon.  After hearing of her son's death, Lady Randolph takes her own life.

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