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HARVARD COLLEGE LIBRARY

THE BEQUEST OF
WALTER FAXON
MARCH 16, 1921

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THE

GENIUS AND CHARACTER OF BURNS.

PREFATORY NOTE.

The principal Essay in this volume originally appeared in a work entitled “The Land of Burns, a Series of Landscapes and Portraits illustrative of the Life and Writings of THE SCOTTISH POET, with descriptive letterpress, by Professor Wilson and Robert Chambers, Esq.-Blackie & Sons, Glasgow, 1841." For the convenience of the general reader, the following short chronicle of the more prominent dates in the career of the illustrious Poet has been subjoined.

Robert Burns was born at Alloway, near Ayr, on the 25th of January 1759 His father and family removed to the neighbouring farm of Mount Oliphant

1766 They removed to the farm of Lochlea, parish of Tarbolton, Ayrshire 1777 Burns and his brother Gilbert took the farm of Mossgiel, parish of Mauchline, Ayrshire

1784 The father of Burns died

1784 Burns's first publication

1786 He entertained the intention of emigrating to the West Indies 1786 He visited Edinburgh

1786 The second edition of his Poems

1787 He made a tour of the south of Scotland and the Highlands 1787 He returned to Edinburgh

1787 He obtained an appointment in the Excise

1788 He left Edinburgh-married Jean Armour

1788 He took the farm of Ellisland, Dumfriesshire

1788 He removed with his family to Dumfries

1791 He contributed songs to Johnson's Museum

1792 He contributed songs to Thomson's Scottish Melodies

1792-96 His health was very much impaired

1795 He died 21st July

1796

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