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Baird, The Reverend George Husband (1761-1840)

Baird was ordained minister of Dunkeld in 1787, and appointed minister of Greyfriars Kirk, Edinburgh in 1792. IN the same year he became Joint Professor of Oriental Languages in Edinburgh University. The following year, he became Principal, and in 1800 he was chosen as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland.

Early in 1791, Baird wrote to Burns telling him that he was preparing an edition of the poems of Michael Bruce, the proceeds to be used to alleviate the condition of Bruce's elderly mother, Baird wanted Burns to consider Bruce's manuscripts, and to supply some memorial couplets for Bruce's tombstone. Burns replied asking: 'Why did you, my dear Sir, write to me in such a hesitating style on the business of poor Bruce? Don't I know, and have I not felt the many ills, the peculiar ills, that Poetic flesh is heir to?' He then offered the choice of 'all the unpublished poems' he had among them, apparently, 'Tam o' Shanter.' News of this offer leaked out among Bruce's admirers, and Baird was prevailed upon not to use Burns's masterpiece in a context which, to the admirers of Bruce's religious poems, seemed inappropriate. Bruce's poems were published in 1799.

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