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 of the head of the family in his great poem “The Cottar’s Saturday Night” is based on his own father. William Burnes died at Lochlie farm in 1784, following years of money worries and straitened times. Robert penned this epitaph to him. The last line quotes from “The Deserted Village” by the 18th century English poet Oliver Goldsmith.