Epitaph for Robert Aiken Esq;

Know thou, O stranger to the fame Of this much lov'd, much honor'd name! (For none that knew him need be told) A warmer heart Death ne'er made cold.


Elaine C Smith

About this work

This is an epitaph by Robert Burns. It was written in 1786 and is read here by Elaine C Smith.

More about this epitaph

This epitaph was written in honour of Robert Aiken (1739-1807), Burns's friend and patron.

A lawyer in the town of Mauchline, Aiken is mentioned in Holy Willie's Prayer for defending Gavin Hamilton against charges made by the Kirk Session in 1785.

Burns also dedicated The Cottars Saturday Night to his good friend.

Robert Aiken was one of the main supporters of Burns's Kilmarnock edition, Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect (1786), for which the lawyer secured many subscriptions.

Pauline Mackay

Themes for this epitaph

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