Epigram on Mr James Gracie


Gracie, thou art a man of worth, O be thou Dean for ever! May he be damned to hell henceforth, Who fauts thy weight or measure!

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Alan Cumming
Phyllida Law

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This is an epigram by Robert Burns. It was written in 1795 and is read here by Alan Cumming.

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James Gracie (1756-1814) was a manager of the Dumfries Commercial Bank and the Dean of Guild.

He was also a Captain in the Dumfries Volunteers, a group with which Burns was closely associated.

A week before Burns died he actually wrote to Gracie thanking him for offering the poet the use of his carriage.

Ralph McLean

Themes for this epigram

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