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Poem by Robert Burns 'On the death of John McLeod, Esq.'

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Poem by Robert Burns: 'On the death of John McLeod, Esq.' (page 1 of 2)

Introduction:
This Poem is subtitled by Burns 'brother to a young lady, a particular friend to the author'. The lady in question was Isabella McLeod whom Burns had met in Edinburgh and whose brother's death by suicide he had seen reported in a newspaper and moved him to write this sad poem. (poem no 162)
Image Rights Holder:
National Trust for Scotland
Ref:
BMT359.04A
Project:
618:The Burns Manuscripts at Alloway
What:
Poem by Robert Burns 'On the death of John McLeod, Esq.'
Subject:
John McLeod of Raasay died on 20th July 1787 within a year of his father's death. Burns originally sent these lines from Mossgiel but here they have been copied out on a later occasion on pages 6 & 7 of this collection of poems.
Who:
Robert Burns (1759-1796) (author)
Isabella McLeod of Raasay (friend of Burns)
When:
1787 (when composed)
Where:
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, South Ayrshire
Background:
John McLeod of Raasay died on 20th July 1787 within a year of his father's death. Burns originally sent these lines from Mossgiel but here they have been copied out on a later occasion on pages 6 & 7 of this collection of poems.
Description:
In page one Burns imagines the early joy Isabella will have had in her brother's companionship and the hurt and sadness brought about by his untimely passing.