REPLY TO AN ANNOUNCEMENT BY J. RANKINE ON HIS WRITING TO THE POET, THAT A GIRL IN THAT PART OF THE C
John Rankine was a farmer at Adamhill near Tarbolton. He teased the poet over the pregnancy of Elizabeth Paton and Burns responded in verse.
“I am a keeper of the law In some sma' points, altho' not a';
Some people tell me gin I fa', Ae way or ither,
The breaking of ae point, tho' sma', Breaks a' thegither.
I hae been in for't ance or twice, And winna say o'er far for thrice;
Yet never met wi' that surprise That broke my rest;
But now a rumour's like to rise — A whaup's i' the nest!”