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The National Burns free pdf Excerpt from The National Burns: Including the Airs of All the Songs in the Staff and Tonic Sol-Fa Notations The title here proposed, while in one sense ideally appropriate, is in another as certainly a misnomer - the Life of Robert Burns. In one sense, Burns was the most intensely living man modern times have produced - had a perpetually active and seething Drain- a heart beating in big and almost audible throbs- a "pulses maddening play-" the most living and eloquent lips that ever spoke in Scotland- a hand that if you touched it threatened to burn your's: from the sole of the foot to the crown of the head he was a Man, and forms, thus, one of the best themes for biography. But, in another view, his life was so short, so fragmentary, so contradictory to itself, that the words, the Life of Robert Burns, sound like cruel irony - sad, shadowed, and incoherent as it was- and the feeling is not lessened, but increased, and the disturbance of the whole rendered more painful and mysterious, by the Arabesque border of Ad happiness and lofty inspiration, too, by which it was begirt, but never either penetrated or pervaded. Besides the difficulties connected with such a strange, exceptional existence as was his, there meets us also on the threshold of our enterprise the fact that the tale of his life, with its union or disunion of elements, has been so often told, that it seems hopeless to seek to give it any new interest, or to draw from it any stronger moral than has been drawn. Nevertheless, we have decided to attempt it, and to do our best. Burns' life, said an accomplished gentleman to us the other day, must be written with the heart, and this qualification for writing it we unhesitatingly claim. We add, it should be written with determined honesty, and to that too we lay fearless claim. Robert Burns was born on the 25th of January, 1759. His father was William Burns or Burness, a native of Kincardineshire, usually called the Mearns, westward from Glenbervie, which was the cradle of the Burness family. The country is called the Howe or Hollow of the Mearns, a fertile region lying low between two ridges of hills - the ridge of Garvock on the south side, and those of Strathfenella or Strath-findlay and Anchcairnie on the north. Laurencekirk, the birthplace of James Beattie, and connected with the memory of Lord Gardenstone and the still more famous Lord Monboddo, stands the centre or capital of this beautiful district. Eastward the ground rises, while it gets more bleak, and swells gradually into heights, partly arable and partly moorish- and among these heights is Glenbervie, from which farther on there is a deep and rapid descent toward Stonehaven and the sea. Burness, Burnes, and Burns, as the name is variously spelled, is derived from the Anglo Saxon Beorn, "a chief," with the affix nes for possession. The name De Burnes is found early in English records. The name of Brunhouse of Kair, in the county of Kincardine, appears as early as the reign of Robert the Bruce. In 1547 we find persons named Burnes renting the lands of Inchbreck, in the parish of Glenbervie. One of these, named William, took in Glenbervie a farm called Bogjorgan, where he died in 1715. Before his death he gave up the form to his sons, William and James. After holding it some time at a joint lease James removed to Inches, a farm in the same county, while William remained in Bogjorgan. Robert Chambers gives a copy of the inventory of the homesteading at Bogjorgan a the time of the separation - a document remarkable among other things for spelling the name Burnasse. William Burness had a son (or, Dr. Rogers says, a brother), who settled in the farm of Brawlinmuir, Glenbervie. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at

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Author : George Gilfillan
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1331493765
EAN : 9781331493761
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 250 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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