The Nuttall Encyclopedia
Poet, born in Edinburgh; a barber's son; spent most of his life at sea; perished in the wreck of the frigate Aurora , of which he was purser; author of the well-known poem "The Shipwreck" (1732-1769).
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Falconer, William'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/f/falconer-william.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.