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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September 29, 2017

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/third-epistle-to-j-lapraik

Today (28th September) is National Poets’ Day so I thought I should record something written by Robert Burns to a fellow poet. As the name suggests this is the third poem that Burns sent t...

September 21, 2017

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/to-dr-mackenzie-mauchline

John Mackenzie was a medical practitioner in Mauchline. He became a close friend of Robert Burns through the Masonic lodge, St James, Tarbolton. He did much to assist the poet on his first...

September 14, 2017

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/on-john-mcmurdo-esq

John McMurdo was chamberlain to the Duke of Queensberry in Drumlanrig Castle. Robert Burns is said to have inscribed this verse on a window pane of his friend McMurdo’s house.

“Blest be M'Mur...

September 8, 2017

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

The hauntingly beautiful “Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonie Doon” is one of the most popular of Burns’ songs today. However, the version commonly known now wasn’t the first attempt on this theme by R...

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