He wrote a number of Scottish songs, and was favourably mentioned in Noctes Ambrosianae (see Wilson, J). He was the author of the beautiful song, Oh, why left I my Hame?. He published a 150-page book of songs in 1831, which garnered sufficient acclaim to spur publication of a longer version in 1835, and another in 1839.
This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Cousin, John William (1910).
A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature. London: J. M. Dent & Sons.