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Poem by Robert Burns 'Epitaph on my Father'

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Poem by Robert Burns: 'Epitaph on my Father'

Introduction:
An epitaph Burns writes on his Father which was included along with a number of other Epitaphs in the Kilmarnock edition of his poems. The first line of this version is not the same as that published and is probably an early attempt. (poem no 35)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT66.1A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns 'Epitaph on my Father'
Subject:
William Burns's) died at Lochlie Farm, Tarbolton in 1784. Burns and his family brought his Father's remains to Alloway kirkyard as he had always intended since moving to that parish. The headstone of his grave has this epitaph carved into the reverse side.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
William Burnes(s) (1721-1784) (father of poet)
When:
February 1784 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
William Burns's) died at Lochlie Farm, Tarbolton in 1784. Burns and his family brought his Father's remains to Alloway kirkyard as he had always intended since moving to that parish. The headstone of his grave has this epitaph carved into the reverse side.
Description:
In this Epitaph Burns draws attention to his Father's virtues as a loving husband, tender Father and generous friend. He reflects on his humanity and vice less habits with few failings. He then acknowledges that the last line he has used is from Goldsmith's 'Deserted Village'.