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Black, Mrs Betsy

Burns mentions her in a letter, dated 21xt June, 1783, from Lochlea, to his cousin, James Burness in Montrose, in connection with taking 'a small present of cheese' to him. There is also a note in the memorandum of Miss Isabella Begg, Burns's niece: 'My mother's recollections of Betsy Black are quite fresh. She belonged to Kilmarnock, had gone to the neighbourhood of Montrose to act as housekeeper in some gentleman's family, and had got acquainted with Mrs Burness, who sent messages and letters by her when she returned to see her relations in Ayrshire. The Lochlea folk sent letters by her back again to the Burnesses in Montrose, and the cheese which Burns mentions in a letter to his cousin, my mother thinks, was also sent by her. But they lost all trace of her after going to Mossgiel.'
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