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Letter of Robert Burns to Wilhelmina Alexander dated Mossgiel 18th November 1786

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Letter of Robert Burns to Wilhelmina Alexander dated Mossgiel 18th November 1786 (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
Two page letter recounting a meeting Burns had with the lady, Wilhelmina Alexander, at Ballochmyle during a walk in the woods one spring evening, and inclosing a song (poem no 89) he had written on her. (letter no 56)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT204A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Letter of Robert Burns to Wilhelmina Alexander dated Mossgiel 18th November 1786
Subject:
The Ballochmyle estate near Mauchline had been recently purchased by Claud Alexander on return from a spell with the East India Company in Bengal where he now lived with his sister Wilhelmina Alexander. The estate on the banks of the river Ayr was not far from where Burns lived at Mossgiel Farm and he would walk the river bank of an evening, sometimes straying into the estate grounds.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Miss Wilhelmina Alexander (1753-1843) (subject of poem 'the bonny lass of Ballochmyle')
When:
18 November 1786 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The Ballochmyle estate near Mauchline had been recently purchased by Claud Alexander on return from a spell with the East India Company in Bengal where he now lived with his sister Wilhelmina Alexander. The estate on the banks of the river Ayr was not far from where Burns lived at Mossgiel Farm and he would walk the river bank of an evening, sometimes straying into the estate grounds.
Description:
On page one Burns introduces himself and explains the circumstances of his meeting with Wilhelmina Alexander earlier in the year during an evening walk along the banks of the Ayr and wonders if she remembers it. He then provides a poetic description of the scene.