Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Burns meets 16 year old Scott

Burns had local connections
Robert Burns is in the news for what is, no doubt, a carefully timed story about the discovery of a previously unknown manuscript.  The 220 year old letter was found in the Duke of Roxburghe's castle at Floors in the Borders.  See the BBC report here.

All of which provides a good opportunity to remind readers of a meeting Burns had with the 16 year old (later Sir) Walter Scott in what is now Sciennes House PlaceElsewhere the BBC tells the story of this meeting:
Perhaps the most tantalizing meeting that Burns ever had took place sometime during the winter of 1786-87. At Sciennes Hill House, the home of Professor Adam Ferguson, the 16-year old Walter Scott, later to be the great novelist, caught the eye of Robert Burns by being the only person in the room who could identify the lines of verse written under a print of a dead soldier which hung on the wall.
Update 6pm:  A reader writes:
Incidentally, his dad was apparently employed for a time on the drainage of the South loch and the early construction of the Meadows - another local connection.
h/t Ben

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