November 10, 1721, Annan, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

July 7, 1791, Pear Tree House, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Buccleuch Graveyard, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Blacklock studied at the University of Ed­in­burgh, and was licensed to preach in 1739. In 1762, he was ordained parish minister of Kirk­cud­bright, but due to blindness had to resign and retire on an annuity.

He went to Ed­in­burgh and there received as boarders university students and boys attending school. In 1767, he received a D.D. degree from Mar­is­chal College, University of Ab­er­deen. Black­lock was one of the earliest literary friends of poet Rob­ert Burns.

  1. Come, O My Soul, in Sacred Lays
  2. In Life’s Gay Dawn, When Sprightly Youth