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Ainslie, Miss Rachel (b. 1768)

'Charming' sister of Robert Ainslie. Burns met her and her family when on the Border tour with her brother Robert. He described her in his Journal: 'Her person a little embonpoint, but handsome; her face, particularly her eyes, full of sweetness and good humour - she unites three qualities rarely to be found together - keen, solid penetration; sly, witty observation and remark; and the gentlest, most unaffected female modesty.'

When in church hunting for a text on obstinate sinners, Burns presented the following spontaneous lines to her:

"Fair maid, you need not take the hint,
Nor idle texts pursue:
'Twas guilty sinners that he meant,
Not Angels such as you!"

Writing to Robert Ainslie from Mauchline on 23rd July 1787, Burns asked after: 'my friend Rachel, who is as far before Rachel of old, as she was before her blear-eyed sister Leah'.

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