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A preliminary exploration of the enduring impact of Burns's anti-clerical satires. In weakening the grip of more extreme Presbyterianism in Scotland Burns's contribution has not been fully appreciated. His role in this regard was one inspiration for the centenary celebrations of 1859. The poet's...
This essay discusses the disputed authorship of the short poem ‘Delia'; locates for the first time the correct London newspaper in which the poem was first printed, as written by Burns, before its appearance in Belfast; confirms earlier research and speculation by Lucyle Werkmeister and further...
This essay is concerned with the criteria surrounding the use and applicability of the term ‘chapbook’, especially when applied to the output of the small poetry publications of three publishing firms in 1790s Glasgow (Brash & Reid, Stewart & Meikle; John Murdoch). This output has been the...
This article examines the circumstances from which a museum collection was formed in the early twentieth century at Ellisland Farm, the home of Robert Burns and his family from 1788–91. It describes the gradual rehabilitation of Burns's image during the nineteenth century and with it a...
Robert Burns’s ‘Tam o’ Shanter’ remained practically unknown in Spain and Hispanic America until 1954. Since then, it has been included in every volume of Burns’s poetry translated into Spanish. Moreover, in the twentieth-first century, renderings of Burns’s ‘wild ride’ can be found in niche...
2021 sees the bicentenary of the birth of Colin Rae Brown, perhaps the most important figure in the development of the Burns movement during the nineteenth century. This article seeks to provide a brief, and long-overdue biographical sketch of this under-researched Burnsian, while simultaneously...
Glasgow's Sandyford Burns Club recently refurbished the gravestone of Alexander Findlater, Burns' immediate superior in the Excise Service in Dumfries. A rededication ceremony took place at the Linn Cemetery in October 2021.
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