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Robert Tannahill

Robert Tannahill

Robert Tannahill was born in Paisley in 1774, the fifth of eight children born to Janet Pollock of Lochwinnoch and James Tannahill, a textile worker from Kilmarnock. Tannahill was educated in rudimentary reading, writing and accounting. During his young life he developed a love of reading and writing poetry inspired by the work of Robert Burns. He also mastered the German flute despite having no tutor and further widened his cultural interests by regularly attending performances at the theatre in Glasgow and with an enthusiasm for Irish music. When he was twelve years old he was apprenticed to his father and became a weaver in Paisley.

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