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Celebrating Burns Night? Paisley Museum has evidence the Bard loved to party

A wonderful, rare Burns manuscript that was recently rediscovered in the collection of Paisley Museum has gone on display in time for Burns Night. 

The text, which has been authenticated as genuine, is the Bard’s response to a party invitation from friends.

Celebrating Burns Night? Paisley Museum has evidence the Bard loved to party

Sir,

Yours this moment I unseal,

And faith I'm gay and hearty!

To tell the truth and shame the deil,

I am as fou as Bartie:

But Foorsday, sir, my promise leal,

Expect me o' your partie,

If on a beastie I can speel

Or hurl in a cartie.

Yours,

Robert Burns 

Machlin,

Monday Night, 10 o'clock            

A letter to the Museum from Professor Gerard Carruthers from the Centre for Robert Burns Studies at the University of Glasgow says the poem dates back to 1785 – 1786.

It is on display at Paisley Museum alongside a portrait of Burns by James Tannock (1784 – 1862) until Sunday, 19th February.   

For more information on Paisley Museum visit www.renfrewshireleisure.com 

Reseachers at Paisley Museum are currently in the process of meticulously cataloguing items in their archive ahead of them being moved to a new Museum Store, accessible by appointment, on Paisley High Street in the autumn.

 

Staff are confident that the process may unearth other “hidden” treasures.