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Poem by Robert Burns; 'Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn.' (page 4 of 4)

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Poem by Robert Burns: 'Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn.' (page 4 of 4)

Introduction:
Burns produced arguably his best elegy for his Patron the Earl of Glencairn who died unmarried, at the early age of 42, shortly after returning from a trip to Lisbon which had failed to cure his ailing health. He reminiscences on Glencairns' great worth and how he 'discovered' Burns, this great man whom he can never forget.
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT362D
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns; 'Lament for James, Earl of Glencairn.' (page 4 of 4)
Subject:
Glencairn, who had been impressed with the Kilmarnock edition of Burns poems, greeted Burns shortly after his arrival in Edinburgh in Nov 1787 to arrange for his next volume of poems to be published. Glencairn introduced Burns to Creech the publisher and encouraged the Caledonian Hunt members to subscribe to the second edition. Burns saw Glencairn as his 'Titular protector' and named his third son after him.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
James Cunningham, 14th Earl of Glencairn (1749-1791) (patron and friend of Burns)
When:
September 1791 (when written)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
Glencairn, who had been impressed with the Kilmarnock edition of Burns poems, greeted Burns shortly after his arrival in Edinburgh in Nov 1787 to arrange for his next volume of poems to be published. Glencairn introduced Burns to Creech the publisher and encouraged the Caledonian Hunt members to subscribe to the second edition. Burns saw Glencairn as his 'Titular protector' and named his third son after him.
Description:
In this last page Burns looks back to his past of poverty and obscurity from which Glencairn raised him and who befriended him. Why should the good die young while villains prosper. Burns regrets outliving his friend and particularises certain memorable happenings which might be forgotten before he could ever forget James, Earl of Glencairn.