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May 16, 2019

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One of Robert Burns’s favourite possessions was a diamond tipped stylus which he used frequently on panes of glass to record his poetic musings. Today we would think ourselves extremely fortunate to have a window pane adorned with an original scratching by Robert Burns. However, back then not all of his glass-engraving was appreciated by the owners of the glass. The words below were not at all appreciated by the beadle or the minister at Lamington who took a dim view of the defacing of the kirk and the censure of the sentiment expressed.


“As cauld a wind as ever blew; A caulder kirk, and in't but few;

As cauld a minster's ever spak; Ye'se a' be het or I come back.”



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