Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Old Photograph Mossgiel Farm Mauchline Scotland

Old photograph of Mossgiel Farm near Mauchline, Ayrshire, Scotland. Robert Burns, Scotland's National Poet came to live at Mossgiel farm in 1784. Many of his poems are believed to have been written whilst he was there, notably The Holy Fair, To a Mouse, and Holy Willie's Prayer. Many of his poems were directed towards the perceived hypocrisy of the Church. The Church was particularly fanatical in Mauchline, which conflicted with the liberal attitude of Burns and his friends. Nonetheless Burns made many friends, his wife Jean Armour was born in Mauchline, and a lot of enemies whilst in Mauchline, many of whom are buried in the kirkyard cemetery: " Holy Wullie" Willie Fisher, the Reverend William " Daddy " Auld, John Richmond, " Clockie " Brown and notably Gavin Hamilton his best friend.

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