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James Currie and John Ramsay of Ochtertyre: New Manuscripts

James Currie and John Ramsay of Ochtertyre: New Manuscripts Burns Chronicle 131.2 (2022): 217–224 DOI: 10.3366/burns.2022.0059 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/burns Rhona Brown James Currie and John Ramsay of Ochtertyre: New Manuscripts In early 2021, colleagues at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies were contacted by Michael Allan of Cologne, Germany, who had been gifted an eighteenth-century manuscript letter and manuscript scrap by Johan Busch-Steenberg of Bonn-Bad Godesberg. Following Allan’s initial literary detective work and additional research by the editors of the forthcoming Oxford University Press edition of Burns’s correspondence, we present the content and contexts of these fascinating and significant Burns-related manuscripts, which are published and analysed here for the first time. The first of the two connected items is a lengthy manuscript letter from James Currie (1756–1805), Burns’s biographer and editor of the first posthumous edition of the poet’s works, to literary historian John Ramsay of Ochtertyre (1736–1814), whom Burns had met while on a tour of Scotland in late 1787. The letter is part of Currie’s research for his 1800 edition of Burns’s works, in which he made efforts to contact as many of Burns’s surviving relatives, friends and acquaintances as possible in order to record a diverse range of memories, impressions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Burns Chronicle Edinburgh University Press

James Currie and John Ramsay of Ochtertyre: New Manuscripts

Burns Chronicle , Volume 131 (2): 8 – Sep 1, 2022

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Burns Chronicle 131.2 (2022): 217–224 DOI: 10.3366/burns.2022.0059 © Edinburgh University Press www.euppublishing.com/burns Rhona Brown James Currie and John Ramsay of Ochtertyre: New Manuscripts In early 2021, colleagues at the University of Glasgow’s Centre for Robert Burns Studies were contacted by Michael Allan of Cologne, Germany, who had been gifted an eighteenth-century manuscript letter and manuscript scrap by Johan Busch-Steenberg of Bonn-Bad Godesberg. Following Allan’s initial literary detective work and additional research by the editors of the forthcoming Oxford University Press edition of Burns’s correspondence, we present the content and contexts of these fascinating and significant Burns-related manuscripts, which are published and analysed here for the first time. The first of the two connected items is a lengthy manuscript letter from James Currie (1756–1805), Burns’s biographer and editor of the first posthumous edition of the poet’s works, to literary historian John Ramsay of Ochtertyre (1736–1814), whom Burns had met while on a tour of Scotland in late 1787. The letter is part of Currie’s research for his 1800 edition of Burns’s works, in which he made efforts to contact as many of Burns’s surviving relatives, friends and acquaintances as possible in order to record a diverse range of memories, impressions

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Published: Sep 1, 2022

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