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The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, Page 6 of 9; 7&8 missing)

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The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, page 6 of 9; 7& 8 missing)

Introduction:
On a weary winter's evening, Burns looks back on a life wasted, including by his 'blethers ...... in rhyme', but just as he is about to abandon poetry forever, a Scottish Muse comes to him, providing visions of Scotland and its heroes, inspiring him to carry on.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT366.01F
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
The Stair Manuscript, a collection of 8 early poems and songs by Robert Burns (Poem 1: The Vision, Page 6 of 9; 7&8 missing)
Subject:
Burns worked hard and long throughout his life, producing his huge output of poems and songs between farming and later excise duties. 'The Vision' clearly evokes this contrast between the hardship of his life and the breadth of his inspiration.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Mrs Catherine Gordon Stewart of Stair (d. 1818) (admirer of Burns)
When:
September 1786 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Burns worked hard and long throughout his life, producing his huge output of poems and songs between farming and later excise duties. 'The Vision' clearly evokes this contrast between the hardship of his life and the breadth of his inspiration.
Description:
Burns continues his roll call of the noble families of Ayrshire, many of whom were well known to him - the Montgomeries of Coilsfield march past, with, here, an additional verse on Hugh Montgomerie. The 'aged Judge' is Sir Thomas Miller of Barskimming, Lord Justice Clerk. The poem continues with verses found only in this manuscript, referring to Auchinleck, home of Alexander Boswell and the home of the Whitefords, Ballochmyle. Continuing the same theme, the final two pages of Duan first are missing, containing nine verses, seven of which do not exist in any other manuscript.