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For the past four years, Neil has been recording  regularly extracts from the works of Robert Burns. These can be heard here on the website or at the WordsofBurns Facebook page.  

Neil is always delighted to get feedback from listeners or suggestions for Burns works to record.

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March 30, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/the-flowery-banks-of-cree

The tune to this song was composed by Lady Elizabeth Heron, a daughter of the Earl of Dundonald. Robert Burns was greatly taken with the air. He sent it in 1794 to the music collector,...

March 23, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/sandy-and-jockie

Robert Burns picked up the names of these characters from an old song and added the story in his own words.

Twa bony lads were Sandy and Jockie;

Jockie was lo'ed but Sandy unlucky;

Jockie was lair...

March 16, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/montgomeries-peggy

The subject of this poem is likely to have been Margaret Campbell, the famous ‘Highland Mary’. The romance between Robert Burns and ‘Highland Mary’ in 1786 is often portrayed as the love of h...

March 9, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/the-banks-of-the-devon

This was composed by Robert Burns in 1787 for Miss Charlotte Hamilton, sister of his great friend, Gavin Hamilton. She had been brought up in Ayrshire but later moved to Harviestoun in Cl...

March 2, 2017

On The Birth Of A Posthumous Child

Born in peculiar circumstances of family distress.

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/on-the-birth-of-a-postumous-child

In 1789, James Henri, a French royalist refugee fled to Scotland and rented Loudon Castle in Ayrs...

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