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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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June 30, 2017

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/grace-before-and-after-meat 

It is said that Robert Burns forgot to order a meal for some friends and himself in the Globe Inn in Dumfries. At short notice, the landlady, Meg Hyslop, produced a sheep’s head (intende...

June 22, 2017

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/epigram-at-roslin-inn

In 1787, when Robert Burns had found growing fame after the first publication of his work, he stayed overnight at the Roslin Inn along with the painter, Nasmyth. He reportedly wrote the followi...

June 15, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/sonnet-on-the-death-of-robert-riddell

When Robert Burns moved into his last farming enterprise, Ellisland in Dumfriesshire, he became close friends with the neighbouring owner of Friars Carse, Captain Robert Ri...

June 8, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/my-father-was-a-farmer

This week’s reading is an extract from a poem composed by Robert Burns in 1782 after returning to the family farm following his unsuccessful attempt to become a flax-dresser in Irvine. I...

June 2, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/youre-welcome-willie-stewart

One of Robert Burn’s favourite possessions was a diamond-tipped stylus. Burns put this tool to good use inscribing verse on window panes and glasses as he travelled around the count...

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