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Letter of Robert Burns to Wilhelmina Alexander dated Mossgiel 18th November 1786 (page 2 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:
BMT204B
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:
Burns continues his lyrical description of the scene on page two and to praise her beauty. He then relates to the enclosed song 'the bonnie lass of Ballochmyle' and explained that he needed her permission to include it in his next edition of his poems. History tell us that she did not reply.