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Poem / song by Robert Burns: 'Handsome Nell' tune 'I am a man unmarried' (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
In the introduction to this version of the poem in the Stair Manuscript, Burns confesses to it being his first, writing, 'It was completed when he was a few months more than his fifteenth year'. It tells of his love for Nell and describes all the features which Burns finds attractive in her.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT366.05A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem/Song by Robert Burns; 'Handsome Nell' tune 'I am a man unmarried' (page 1 of 2)
Subject:
In 1774 Burns was paired with a girl stooking corn sheaves in the harvest and fell in love. She was a farmers daughter Nell Kilpatrick from Dalrymple, who sang sweetly, a song written by a local Laird's son, and not to be outdone, especially by the gentry, Burns was provoked into writing a song for her, his first.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
When:
1774 (period in which composed)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
In 1774 Burns was paired with a girl stooking corn sheaves in the harvest and fell in love. She was a farmers daughter Nell Kilpatrick from Dalrymple, who sang sweetly, a song written by a local Laird's son, and not to be outdone, especially by the gentry, Burns was provoked into writing a song for her, his first.
Description:
The first page records only the first six lines of this 28 line poem. In these Burns introduces us to his own love, handsome Nell and starts to tell us of Nell's attributes. Burns also alludes to a chorus between the verses with the note 'Fal Lal etc'.