Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington

As cauld a wind as ever blew, A cauld kirk, an in't but few: As cauld a minister's e'er spak; Ye'se a' be het e'er I come back.


Ian McDiarmid

About this work

This is an epigram by Robert Burns. It was written in 1791 and is read here by Ian McDiarmid.

More about this epigram

Burns carved these lines into the window of the Church in Lamington, Clydesdale, which drew the wrath of the beadle.

The minister of the Church at the time was Thomas Mitchell (d. 1811).

It is unsure when Burns actually scrawled this piece on the window, although it can be narrowed down to two potential times.

The first was in late February 1789, the second in December 1791.

However, he wrote to Jean Armour on 29 February 1789 that he had had a ‘horrid journey’ to Edinburgh, and would have passed through Lamington the previous weekend.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this epigram

religion humour

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