On Wee Johnie

Whoe'er thou art, O reader, know, That Death has murder'd Johnie; An' here his body lies fu' low For saul he ne'er had ony.


Blythe Duff

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This is an epitaph by Robert Burns. It was written in 1786 and is read here by Blythe Duff.

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This early verse was composed by Burns during his time at Tarbolton in 1784 - 1785.

The subject of the verse remains unidentified, but it is thought possible that the verse was inspired by John Wilson (c.1751 - 1839). Wilson was the school master at Tarbolton and self-appointed local pharmacist.

John Wilson is the subject of Burns's satire, Death and Doctor Hornbook.

Pauline Mackay

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