Poet and translator Edwin Morgan, who was named Scotland's first national poet — the Scots Makar — in 2004, has died at the age of 90.

The Glasgow-born Morgan died Thursday after suffering a bout of pneumonia. He has previously faced ill health, including a battle with cancer and a stroke.

"A great, generous, gentle genius has gone," Carol Ann Duffy, Britain's poet laureate, said in a statement issued by the Scottish Poetry Library.

"He was poetry's true son and blessed by her. He is quite simply irreplaceable," she said of her fellow Glasweigian.

Morgan studied at the University of Glasgow and, after graduation, taught English at the school. He continued to work there until his retirement in 1980.

His award-winning work, studied in Scottish schools and read at the opening of the Scottish Parliament, spanned a variety of styles, from experimental poetry to limericks to sonnets to sound poetry.

His writing also tackled a multitude of topics, from commentary on pop culture figures to everyday issues such as local crime and debates over housing to ethereal verses about love and sexuality.

Morgan also earned praise for his contributions to the album Ballads of the Book, a project that saw original work by Scottish writers turned into songs by Scottish musicians.

In addition to his poetry and his celebrated work translating poems from other languages, Morgan also penned essays and plays.

In 1999, Morgan was named Glasgow's inaugural poet laureate. Other accolades include winning the Queen's Gold Medal in 2000 and the Weidenfeld Prize for Translation in 2001.

He celebrated his 90th birthday in April with the release of his latest work, Dreams and Other Nightmares, which added to the more than 60 books he'd published over the decades.