William Motherwell, a Scottish poet, born in Glasgow, Oct. 13, 1797, died there, Nov. 1, 1835. He was educated at the grammar school in Paisley, and at the age of 15 was placed in the office of the sheriff clerk of that place. He was sheriff clerk depute of the county of Renfrew from 1819 to 1829. In 1819 he edited the "Harp of Renfrewshire," a collection of songs and poems. In 1827 appeared his "Minstrelsy, Ancient and Modern," with an elaborate historical introduction and notes, and several original poems in antique guise. He edited for a year the "Paisley Magazine," and printed in it some of his best poems, and between 1828 and 1830 conducted the " Paisley Advertiser." In the latter year he took charge of the "Glasgow Courier," a journal of very decided tory principles, with which he remained connected until his death. In 1832 he published "Narrative and Lyrical Poems," and soon after commenced in conjunction with James Hogg an annotated edition of Burns's works, which he did not live to complete. In 1849 a greatly enlarged edition of his poetical remains, accompanied by a memoir, was published in London. The heroine of his most famous poem, "Jeanie Morrison," a schoolmate, did not know that it alluded to herself until years after its publication, when she was married to a Mr. Murdoch. Motherwell continually altered the poem as long as he lived.