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Thou Whom Chance May Hither Lead

Period:
18th Century
Description:

Holograph manuscript poem by Robert Burns.

 

Robert Burns' neighbour at Ellisland was Robert Riddell of Friars Carse, a country estate upstream from the farm.  Recognising Burns' talent, Riddell offered him the use of the summer house on the estate in which to meditate and write, away from the demands of the farm.

 

It was here that Burns composed the poem as a tribute to Robert Riddell and their growing friendship.  "Written in Friars Carse Hermitage - by Nith-side" is written at the head of the poem, indicating his later version of "Thou whom chance may hither lead".

Place of Production:
Friars Carse Hermitage, near Ellisland, Dumfries
Materials/Media:
paper
Dimensions:
length 305mm, width 190mm
Source:
Robert Burns Centre
Accession number:
DUMFM:1935.69.1
Digital Number:
BCBN016a; BCBN016b
Creation Date:
1788
Copyright:
Dumfries & Galloway Council


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