Regular readings

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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August 31, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/deluded-swain-the-pleasure

Robert Burns was an avid searcher of old Scottish country songs, many of which he greatly improved for publication. He sent the following to George Thomson, the music collector, in 17...

August 24, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/epitaph-on-my-own-friend

William Muir, the owner of Tarbolton mill, was a long-standing friend of the Burness family. He and his wife took in Jean Armour when her parents banished her following discovery of her...

August 17, 2017

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

In 1785, Robert Burns, one night dining at the home of his friend Gavin Hamilton, met a young relation of Hamilton’s called Margaret Kennedy. He composed this poem/song after being greatly impresse...

August 10, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/bonie-wee-thing

Written by Robert Burns in praise of a noted beauty of petite appearance, Deborah Duff Davies. He sent this to her in 1793.

Bonie wee thing, cannie wee thing, Lovely wee thing, wert thou mine,

I w...

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