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Burns

John Wilson

John Wilson, Printer

Description:

John Wilson (1759-1821) printed the first edition of Burns' poems in Kilmarnock in 1786. His printing office was located on Waterloo Street in Kilmarnock.

 

Within the first edition Burns composed a mischevous epitaph to John Wilson:

 

"who'er thou art, O, reader, know
That Death has murder'd Johnnie,
And here his body lies fu' low -
For soul he ne'er had ony."

Materials/Media:
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions:
210 x 155mm
Source:
Dean Castle
Accession number:
KIMMG: FA/A599/A3
Digital Number:
EAFA009n
Copyright:
East Ayrshire Council