More about this song
Burns was inspired to compose the song 'Nithdale's Welcome Hame' as a compliment to Lady Winifred Maxwell Constable (1736-1801).
Lady Winifred was the descendent of William Maxwell, the 5th Earl of Nithsdale: a Jacobite who was sentenced to death following the uprising of 1715, but who escaped to Rome where he died in 1744.
Terreagles in Kirkcudbright was the Maxwell's ancestral home which Lady Winifred undertook to rebuild in 1789. This song was eventually published in James Johnson's Scots Musical Museum in 1792.