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Robert Dinsmoor ~ The Rustic Bard of Windham, New Hampshire
I’ve seen an old copy of Poems of Robert Dinsmoor “The
Rustic Bard” compiled by Leonard Allison Morrison from 1898. Morrison is also the author of several
histories of Windham, New Hampshire.
It’s been a long time since there has been a new volume of Dinsmoor’s
poems. Now there is a new volume of Robert
Dinsmoor’s Scotch-Irish Poems coming soon, not here, but in the United
This new book, edited by Frank Ferguson and Alister McReynolds, has
been published by the Ulster Historical Foundation. His poetry has been long out of print, but it
is interesting to note that this new volume of his works is published in the
United Kingdom by the Ulster Historical Foundation. The literature experts Ferguson and
McReynolds have included a detailed scholarly introduction.
Robert Dinsmoor was born in Londonderry, New Hampshire on 7
October 1757. He was a soldier at the
Battle of Burgoyne, and is listed on the Windham Honor Roll under the names of
men who served in the American Revolution.
His book Incidental Poems was first
published in 1828. He inspired other
local poets, like Haverhill’s John Greenleaf Whittier. Dinsmoor wrote his poetry in a Scots lilt
that is no longer heard in Londonderry, but was still common in his
lifetime. For this reason he is often described
as “America’s Robert Burns”. Robert
Dinsmoor died in Windham, New Hampshire, in 1836.