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John MacLeod of Raasay, son of the laird who had played host to Dr Johnson on his Hebridean tour, died in July 1787. Burns
had got to know MacLeod in Edinburgh and although fond of him, was fonder still of his daughter who is mentioned four times
in an elegy ostensibly about her father. It is really an offer of condolence and consolation. For her sake, he composed this
commemorative tribute immediately upon hearing the news of MacLeod's death and posted it from Lochlea. In Burns's original
title for the piece, Isabella MacLeod is described as, 'A Particular Friend of the Author's'.