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Excise document 'Answers to Robert Edgars Petition' in Robert Burns' hand (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
Burns has been accompanied by John Lewars a fellow Excise Officer when an inspection was conducted to measure the malt production output at the premises of Robert Edgar. He was charged with fraud and disputed the information presented by the Excise officers.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT201A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Excise document 'Answers to Robert Edgars Petition' in Robert Burns' hand
Subject:
Robert Burns became an Excise Officer in 1789 in the Dumfries District and progressed rapidly from the Nithsdale out-ride division to the third foot-walk division in Dumfries within a year. He later became an Acting Supervisor in 1794.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Edgar (malting owner)
John Lewars (excise officer and friend of Burns)
When:
c. 1793 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Robert Burns became an Excise Officer in 1789 in the Dumfries District and progressed rapidly from the Nithsdale out-ride division to the third foot-walk division in Dumfries within a year. He later became an Acting Supervisor in 1794.
Description:
An account by Robert Burns describing the facts surrounding a fraud charge being disputed by the accused Robert Edgar, who had been found falsifying malt production returns. A point by point explanation is given by Burns to challenge the assertions by Edgar that the accusations against him were false.