Today in 1585 saw the birth of William Drummond of Hawthornden, the noted Scottish poet.
Drummond was one of the first notable Scots poets to write exclusively in English after the Union of the Crowns in 1603. He became a close friend of the English playwright, Ben Johnson, who visited him at Hawthornden, in Midlothian. His works include the elegy, Tears on the death of Meliades, and the poem, Forth Feasting. Drummond also wrote critically of the Covenanters.