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Poem by Robert Burns: 'Cragieburn-wood - A Song'

Introduction:
Cragieburn-wood was written by Burns to assist a fellow exciseman John Gillespie in his amorous pursuit of a Miss Jean Lorimer who at the time in 1791 was the daughter of a farming neighbour at Ellisland.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT331.11A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns titled 'Cragieburn-wood - A Song'
Subject:
Burns copied this version of the poem to pages 48 & 49 of a collection of his then unpublished works known as the Afton Lodge MS. This book of poems was given by Burns to Catherine Stewart, a devotee of his works and wife of Alexander Stewart of Stair.
Who:
Mrs General Stewart of Afton (lady for whom Burns copied a dozen of his then unpublished poems in 1791)
Robert Burns (author)
John Gillespie-Excise officer in Dumfries (colleague of Robert Burns)
Miss Jean Lorimer (1775-1831) (acquaintance of Robert Burns)
When:
1791 (when rewritten in the Afton Lodge MS)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns copied this version of the poem to pages 48 & 49 of a collection of his then unpublished works known as the Afton Lodge MS. This book of poems was given by Burns to Catherine Stewart, a devotee of his works and wife of Alexander Stewart of Stair.
Description:
The first verse set at the Cragieburn birthplace of Jean Lorimer introduces a scene of pastoral tranquility but nervous tension and Burns follows the theme of uncertainty in his suitors quest to declare his feelings and the dire consequences of rejection by the 'sweet and bonie' Jean.