The Heroines of Burns and Their Celebrating Songs by Robert FordThe Heroines of Burns and Their Celebrating Songs by Robert Ford

The Heroines of Burns and Their Celebrating Songs

byRobert Ford

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1906. Excerpt: ... "The Lassie Wi' The Lint-White Locks" Jean Lorimer, more generally addressed as " Chloris," but now and again appealed to by the use of her simple and dearly familiar maiden name, and the "lassie wi' the lintwhite locks,' was the fair inspirer of not less than about thirty of the poet's ever-charming love songs. Her father, William Lorimer, resided at Craigieburn, on a beautifully exalted situation, about two miles out from Moffat, on the way to St. Mary's Loch, where he was established as a publican and farmer. When Burns became acquainted with the family in 1791, Jean, born at Craigieburn in September, 1775, would then be a girl in her sixteenth year. But already she had captivated the affections of John Gillespie, the poet's brother-exciseman at Dumfries; and the tradition survives that when business brought Burns to Moffat, it was his custom to ride out from the Black Bull Inn, ostensibly to crack a bottle with old man Lorimer, but designedly to win the daughter for his shy friend, Gillespie. Courtship by proxy, however, has seldom been successful, and the eloquence, and no less the "sleight" of Burns even, did not carry the day at Craigieburn. Yet worse luck befel. In March, 1793, Miss Lorimer eloped suddenly one morning to Gretna Green with a wild young farmer from the county of Cumberland, who shortly before had taken the farm of Barnhill, near Moffat. The pair had not been many weeks married when her husband, Whelpdale by name--on the verge of bankruptcy from the beginning of his Scottish career, and now about to be seized by his creditors--fled the country, leaving his wife behind him, and not temporarily, but for ever. Lost to happiness now, and lost for ever to too canny John Gillespie, Jean Lorimer yet commanded the pity and life-long friendsh...

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Title:The Heroines of Burns and Their Celebrating SongsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:46 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.1 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021708379X

ISBN - 13:9780217083799

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