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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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This evening I am presenting some images of the clay and timbered two-roomed thatched cottage where Burns was born on 25 January 1759. Close by is the Brig o’Doon ( where Tam o’Shanter’s mare, maggie made her mythical jump) and Alloway Kirk where the witches danced to the Devil’s bagpipe.

Burns had a relatively short life (1759-96) and he is best remembered for writing Auld Lang Syne. He is Scotland’s most famous poet whose works have been translated into dozens of languages.

Avail of a Burns themed tour in Ayrshire. This is within easy distance of Glasgow. Contact Catswhiskerstours for more information.

Front of cottage

Tableaux inside the cottage
Rear of cottage

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