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On the 21st of April, Burns received word of the death of his friend and patron, Captain Robert Riddel. Riddel had given the
poet a key to the hermitage of his estate so that he might have a much needed retreat, and the grateful Bard set words to
a number of his wealthy neighbour’s fiddle tunes. An antiquarian, Riddel admired the newcomer to Dumfries, as a song collector
and poet. The estrangement between them, after a drunken incident in which Riddel’s wife and his sister-in-law were offended
by the Bard’s ‘romantic’ over familiarity, Burns took very hard indeed.