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John Cairney Tam O' Shanter

A confession

In the description, I have stated that ‘the entire works of Robert Burns has been set to brand new music’. That’s actually not true. An attempt was made to set Tam O’ Shanter to music but it was eventually abandoned…

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A fine line

Thomas Muir got penal servitude for merely asking a question Robert Burns trod a fine line between freedom and liberty. This was the very subject of many of his works but he lived at a time where freedom of speech…

The Deil’s work

In 1789 Burns became an Excise Man for reasons best known to himself. Excise men in the 18th Century, to put it mildly, weren’t well liked. Traffic wardens aren’t popular nowadays but Excise Men were a lot, lot, less popular…

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Robert Burns and the Scottish School of Common Sense

When, in 1707, Scotland bowed down to Wesminster patronage, it was a Country of intellectual superiority for it had 5 universities to England’s 2. Moreover, Scotland’s school education system was also superior to England’s making the Scots the most literate…