William Ralston Shedden Ralston (1828-1889) was a noted Russian scholar and translator. He was born in London, and studied at Cambridge. In 1862 he was called to the bar, but he never practised. He worked as an assistant in the British Museum library till 1875. He visited Russia; his works include: The Songs of the Russian People (1872), Early Russian History (1874) and Russian Fairy Tales: A Choice Collection of Muscovite Folk-Lore (1880).