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Jean Armour, the poet's wife, was born on February 25, 1767. In recent years, exactly a month after her husband's commemoration,
more and more suppers have been held in honour of Jean Burns. These events honour a woman of extraordinary tolerance, generosity
and forgiveness. Towards the end of his life, however, Burns wrote several songs for a different Jean, Jean Lorimer and this
can cause confusion, now as then. Today's poem praises the 'right' Jean, Ms Armour ... eventually, after a longish list of
local rivals. Her position in the hierarchy of her husband's heart would change from time to time, but the 'jewel of them
all' she remained.