Category Archives: Burns

T. L. Peacock’s Views on Burns – January 1924

In a passage in T.L. Peacock’s Gryll Grange he exalts Robert Burns as the “faithful interpreter of nature.” No poet, he says is “truer to nature than Burns” and no one less so than Moore. Again, “Shakespeare never makes a … Continue reading

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Scott and Burns – January 1921

It is the burning patriotism, the family loyalty and the pride of race which endear Burns and Scott to us. In especial, the soul of Burns was steeped through and through with Scottish sentiment. On the surface, the great ambition … Continue reading

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The Lea Rig Again – April 1921

“Anglo-Scot” may again ask, “Why all this pother about the lea-rig?” The answer is simple. A reader some weeks ago wrote to the effect that he and others had engaged in discussion on the exact meaning of the term, could … Continue reading

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Nothing Degrading in Beds of “Caff” – February 1902

Whether it is in revolt against his own sentimentality or in protest against the proverbial national conceit of the Scot, or to win greater applause in the land of his adoption, certain it is that Ian MacLaren occasionally shows up … Continue reading

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Crooning Over Burns – December 1900

It may seem odd to be suggesting to a circle of Scotch farming folks that they should familiarise their minds with the poems of Burns but the suggestion is not out of place to the younger generation who are mostly … Continue reading

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Faytherless Kale and Sowens – December 1894

“Wi’ sweet milk cheese in monie a whang, An farls baked wi’butter Fu crump that day.”  Burns. Our diet is at all times of infinite importance, for do not we work chiefly that we may eat; and do not Governments … Continue reading

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Burns – Worst Farmer – May 1896

Burns stands in the peculiar relation to the class from which he sprang in that he is at once its crowning glory and its deepest shame; for while he sang of the peasant’s life so that half of the world … Continue reading

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Sowens Disappointment – April 1905

Slightly sour flavour of sowens. Some weeks ago, “Epicure” expressed surprise in the correspondence column that I was unfamiliar with the composition of sowens “seeing I (“Gretchen”) was so well acquainted generally with the customs and practices which were in … Continue reading

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Feats on a Sowens Diet – March 1905

Reading in a new story of Crockett’s that his hero had sowens and skim milk for supper, I had to inform myself again — for about the 50th time — of the composition of sowens. “Mashlam” scones my mind can … Continue reading

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February 1904: Diary Friday – Nice Soft Reddenin

Looking out of the kitchen window this morning I saw a man briskly wheeling into the yard a very shabby pram containing an equally shabby bundle of a baby. Opening the door with my ears prepared for the tale of … Continue reading

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