Robert Burns

Standard Name: Burns, Robert


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Anthologization Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire
This edition brings together the duchess's work with that of others including Burns . OCLC records only a single extant copy, at the University of British Columbia . Saint Gothard would certainly have appeared in...
Anthologization Maria Riddell
In 1793 Burns was soliciting from MR a song for the antiquarian anthologist George Thomson (presumably for A Select Collection of Original Scottish Airs, which began publication this year). In summer 1795 she sent...
Education Sarah Josepha Hale
Sarah Josepha Buell (later SJH ) was taught at home by her mother, with her father and her brother Horatio (then a law student) joining in for such higher branches of learning as writing, Latin...
Education Florence Dixie
Lady Florence was at first educated at home in Scotland. After a first, unsuccessful attempt to place her in a convent she had, in France, an Irish Catholic governess whom she calls Miss O'Leary...
Education Elizabeth Ham
EH continued learning throughout her life. She borrowed books whenever an opportunity arose. She discovered Burns and took him to her heart, and later, with slightly less enthusiasm, Byron 's Childe Harold.
Ham, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Ham, by Herself, 1783-1820. Editor Gillett, Eric, Faber and Faber.
Education Annie Tinsley
She was also taught, perhaps between schools, by her father. By the age of eleven she had devoured the poetry of the British Classics from Chaucer to Beattie ,
Peet, Henry. Mrs. Charles Tinsley, Novelist and Poet. Butler and Tanner.
as well as Burns ,...
Education Dorothy Wordsworth
For DW , the scanty education deemed suitable for females in the English provinces at this time was reinforced first by reading poetry, particularly Burns , with her brother William . Later she studied French...
Family and Intimate relationships Catherine Carswell
CC 's mother, Mary Anne (Lewis) Macfarlane , was descended from a Scottish Enlightenment engineering pioneer who was also a friend of Robert Burns .
Pilditch, Jan. Catherine Carswell. A Biography. John Donald.
She was deeply religious, and according to CCmade...
Family and Intimate relationships Emma Tennant
ET 's family tree can be traced back to a James Tennant who was a friend of Robert Burns . Their modern wealth, however, came from the manufacture of bleach during the Victorian era.
Family and Intimate relationships Maria Riddell
MR 's brother-in-law Robert Riddell of Glenriddell , who lived at Friar's Carse in Dumfries, was to shape her life through his literary antiquarianism and especially through his friendship with Robert Burns .
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray et al., editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
Lindsay, Maurice. The Burns Encyclopedia. St Martin’s Press.
Family and Intimate relationships Maria Riddell
In the public mind MR is remembered primarily as a friend of Robert Burns . She first met him in late 1791. They soon developed a free-and-easy, bantering, affectionate correspondence. It was not exclusively literary...
Family and Intimate relationships Susan Ferrier
The first important position of James Ferrier , SF 's father, was as Writer to the Signet. Later he was appointed Principal Clerk of Session and became estate manager to the Duke of Argyll ...
Family and Intimate relationships Doreen Wallace
DW was proud of her forebears, who included not only the Scottish national hero William Wallace but also Frances Dunlop (friend of Robert Burns and patron of the labouring-class poet Janet Little
Shepherd, June. Doreen Wallace, 1897-1989: Writer and Social Campaigner. Edwin Mellen Press.
Family and Intimate relationships Susan Ferrier
SF 's sister Jane was considered the beauty of the family. Robert Burns , after meeting her in the winter of 1786-87, addressed a poem to her (To Miss Ferrier). She later became...
Family and Intimate relationships Eglinton Wallace
Her next elder sister, Jane , is rumoured to have been a wild child, hitching a ride in the street on passing pigs and carts; she lost a finger by getting it trapped in a...


31 July 1786: Robert Burns published his Poems, Chiefly...

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31 July 1786

Robert Burns published his Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect at Kilmarnock in Ayrshire in an edition of 612 copies.

1 September 1810-24 August 1811: James Hogg, the Ettrick Shepherd, anonymously...

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1 September 1810-24 August 1811

James Hogg , the Ettrick Shepherd, anonymously published his Edinburghjournal, the Spy.

1813: The Shetland poet Margaret Chalmers (born...

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The Shetland poetMargaret Chalmers (born at Lerwick in 1858 and left in poverty with her sisters and aged mother after the death of their brother William at the battle of Trafalgar) published her Poems...

23 November 1869: The Cutty Sark, most famous and speedy of...

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23 November 1869

The Cutty Sark, most famous and speedy of the British tea clippers, was launched.

2 August 1898: The first recording sessions took place in...

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2 August 1898

The first recording sessions took place in a London basement at 31 Maiden Lane; gramophones had been shipped to Europe from Eldridge Johnson manufacturers (Camden, New Jersey) to coincide with this event.

25 February 1914: Ethel Moorhead, a Dundee suffragist renowned...

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25 February 1914

Ethel Moorhead , a Dundee suffragist renowned for daring acts of militancy, was released from Calton Gaol in Edinburgh after forcible feeding (the first of suffragists in Scotland) gave her double pneumonia.


Burns, Robert. “Introduction and Chronology”. Complete Works, edited by James A. Mackay, Official Bicentenary Edition, Alloway Publishing, 1986, pp. 9-34.
Burns, Robert. Letters. Editors Ferguson, J. De Lancey and G. Ross Roy, Clarendon Press, 1985.
Burns, Robert, and Frances Anna Dunlop. Robert Burns and Mrs. Dunlop. Editor Wallace, William, Hodder and Stoughton, 1898, http://BARD.
Burns, Robert. The Glenriddell Manuscripts of Robert Burns. Editor Donaldson, Desmond, E. P. Publishing, 1973.
Burns, Robert. The Letters of Robert Burns. Editor Ferguson, J. De Lancey, Clarendon Press, 1931.
Burns, Robert. The Poetry of Robert Burns. Editors Henley, William Ernest and Thomas F. Henderson, Caxton , 1897.