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Song by Robert Burns: 'Auld Lang Syne'

Introduction:
Interleaved page in the Scots Musical Museum Volume in which Burns has written a version of the words to Auld Lang Syne adjacent to a page of music which he prefaces with the comment 'The Original & by much the best set of the words of this song' (poem no 240)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT208A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Song by Robert Burns 'Auld Lang Syne'
Subject:
This copy of Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, was in the possession of Burns's neighbour Robert Riddell at Friars Carse when he farmed at Ellisland. Riddell's copy was interleaved with annotation relating to the songs, most of which were written by Burns.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (music publisher)
When:
c. 1790 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
This copy of Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, was in the possession of Burns's neighbour Robert Riddell at Friars Carse when he farmed at Ellisland. Riddell's copy was interleaved with annotation relating to the songs, most of which were written by Burns.
Description:
This is one of the few original versions of the famous poem by Robert Burns and varies only slightly from the published version in the first verse. An early version was included in a letter to Mrs Dunlop in Dec 1788 and this version is the same as that sent to Thomson in Sept 1793.