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John Lapraik

John Lapraik

John Lapraik was a friend of Robert Burns and a fellow poet. Allegedly descended from a Frenchman who had been part of the retinue of Queen Mary in 1561, he was born in 1727, just outside Muirkirk in Ayrshire. As the oldest of his brothers he eventually succeeded to his father's estate, and became a fairly wealthy farmer. He is remembered today though not as a gentleman farmer but as one of South West Scotland's greatest exponents of prose and the probable subject of Burns' poem 'A Mans a Man for a' That'.

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