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 30, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/to-collector-mitchell

John Mitchell was the Collector of the Excise Service in Dumfries and was a good friend and supporter of Robert Burns. The following verses were written by Robert Burns at the end of 1795...

August 23, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/epitaph-on-my-ever-honoured-father

As a young man, Robert Burns had a difficult relationship with his father, William Burnes. However, he always respected him greatly. It is clear that the dignity and demeanour...

August 16, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/i-love-my-love-in-secret

Robert Burns took a fragment of this old Scots song and finished it off to become this published version. Burns was an avid collector of traditional Scottish music and verse, which he f...

August 9, 2018

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/inscription-on-a-goblet

Robert Burns inscribed these words on a glass belonging to his friend John Syme. However, Syme was less than pleased that his precious crystall was ‘ruined’ in this way and he threw the...

August 2, 2018

Click to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/a-poets-welcome-to-his-love-begotten-daughter

Elizabeth Burns, his illegitimate “dear bought Bess”, born in 1785, was Robert Burn’s first child, and whose mother Elizabeth Paton had been a servant of the Burns famil...

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