David Gray was the eldest son of a Scottish handloom weaver of Merkland, near Kirkintilloch. 'In the Shadows is a sonnet sequence from 'The Luggie and Other Poems' which appeared in 1862, shortly after his death from tuberculosis at the age of 23. It is a unique document, revealing a young man with promise of being a fine poet, courageously wrestling with the prospect of death.
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