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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March 28, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/bannocks-o-bear-meal

This song, presented for publication by Robert Burns was probably a ditty that he collected on his travels.

“Bannocks o' bear meal, Bannocks o' barley,

Here's to the Highlandman's Bannocks o'...

March 21, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/to-miss-ferrier

Jane Ferrier was a well-known Edinburgh society beauty whom Robert Burns met in 1787. She asked Burns to send her one of his poems. The poet obliged with a copy of his recent ‘Elegy on the Death...

March 15, 2019

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

Young John McLeod of Raasay died in 1787, his father having passed away just the previous year. Robert Burns was a friend of the family and on seeing the death reported in a news...

March 7, 2019

Click here to listen: https://soundcloud.com/words-of-burns/to-the-memory-of-the-unfortunate-miss-burns

Margaret Burns, originally named Matthews and unrelated to the poet, came from Durham. She worked as a high-class prostitute in Edinburgh. Following complaints from n...

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