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Song by Robert Burns; 'My Nanie O' (page 1 of 3)

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Song by Robert Burns: 'My Nanie O' (page 1 of 3)

Introduction:
One of Burns' earliest recorded poems which he introduces in this version in the Stair Manuscript thus 'The following songs were all done at a very early period of life and consequently are incorrect'. Here he describes himself as a country plough boy with little cash and without a care in the world while he has the love of his girlfriend Nanie.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT366.04A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Song by Robert Burns; 'My Nanie O' (page 1 of 3)
Subject:
The exact date of this poem is unknown but Burns must have written it while at Lochlie farm around 1777. He later on 26 Oct 1792 discusses it with George Thomson with regard to the euphonic value of the name of the river in the first line. Burns' brother Gilbert surmised that Nanie was probably Agnes Fleming, daughter of a neighbouring farmer at Coldcothill or Doura.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Gilbert Burns (1760-1827) (brother of the Poet)
George Thomson (1757-1851) (song publisher to whom Burns contributed)
When:
1777 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
The exact date of this poem is unknown but Burns must have written it while at Lochlie farm around 1777. He later on 26 Oct 1792 discusses it with George Thomson with regard to the euphonic value of the name of the river in the first line. Burns' brother Gilbert surmised that Nanie was probably Agnes Fleming, daughter of a neighbouring farmer at Coldcothill or Doura.
Description:
In the first page Burns sets the scene as he prepares to venture out on a wet night across the hills to visit his current ladylove.