This evening I am presenting some images of a memorial which I came across at St. Columba’s Parish Church, Stewarton, Ayrshire.

This significant memorial requires a good clean but, as fas as I can ascertain, the words read:

Erected by the Stewarton literary Society Sept 24th 1810 in memory of Robert Burns uncle of the National Poet who died at Stewarton Jan 3rd 1789. The connection between the poet and uncle’s family was a very close one see letter Feb 9th 1789

The poet appears to have been named after his uncle who moved south with the poet’s father.

Here is more information on the letter dated Feb 9th 1789.

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