Thursday, December 29, 2011


On December 29, 1788, Robert Burns wrote to his friend “Clarinda” referring to her friend Mary Peacock as 'a charming girl, and highly worthy of the noblest love'.  Clarinda was Agnes Craig M’Lehose, who wrote verse which Burns laid against the tune “ The Borders of Spey”. He also wrote the song "Ae fond kiss" about Clarinda.

Agnes Craig was born to Andrew Craig, and according to the online Burns encyclopedia, Sir Walter Scott met her once at his friend Lord Craig’s, Agnes’s uncle, when she was 'old, charmless and devout'.

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