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Poem by Robert Burns: 'Epistle to Robert Graham of Fintry on the election for the Dumfries string of Burghs, 1790' (page 1 of 8)

Introduction:
This poem takes the form of a verse epistle written to Burns's friend Sir Robert Graham of Fintry describing the characters and background involving the then recently completed general election of 1790 for the Dumfries Boroughs seat. In this poem Burns shows his wide knowledge of the contestants and their backers in this rousing commentary. (Poem no 318)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT331.08A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns 'Election Ballad'
Subject:
Robert Burns wrote at least three Epistles to Robert Graham whom he met at Athole House, Blair Atholl in 1787. Burns took to him personally and later, once Graham had become a Commissioner of the Scottish Board of Excise, sought Graham's good offices to get himself a position with the Excise in Dumfries.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Robert Graham, 12th Laird of Fintry (1749-1815) (friend and patron of Burns)
When:
1790 (date written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Robert Burns wrote at least three Epistles to Robert Graham whom he met at Athole House, Blair Atholl in 1787. Burns took to him personally and later, once Graham had become a Commissioner of the Scottish Board of Excise, sought Graham's good offices to get himself a position with the Excise in Dumfries.
Description:
On this first page are the first three verses of this particular version of the poem. In them Burns addresses his friend forewarning him that he is, metaphorically, going to ride 'roughshod' through the contenders for the votes of the populace.