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Burnes Robert (1719 — 89)

Uncle to the poet, he left Kincardineshire, along with his brother William (Burns's father) to seek his fortune in the south. To begin with he lived at Titwood, in Dreghorn parish, and earned his living in summer at the lime quarries at Lochridge, near Stewarton. He was supposed to have been afflicted by rheumatism which kept him indoors in the inter. He therefore started a small school in his home for the sons of local farmers. When completely crippled by his rheumatism, he moved to Stewarton, where he stayed in the Buck's Head Close, and then at another house in the town. Burns used to visit him on his journeys to and from Dunlop house, nearby. On his uncle's death the poet did everything to ensure that the children found employment. Writing to his cousin, James Burness in Montrose, from Ellisland, on 9th February 1789, Burns said: 'We have lost poor uncle Robert this winter... His son William, has been with me this winter, and goes in May to bind himself to be a Mason with my father in law who is a pretty considerable Architect in Ayrshire. His other son, the eldest, John, comes to me, I expect in Summer.... His only daughter, Fanny, has been with me ever since her father's death and I purpose to keep her in my family til she be quite woman grown, and be fit for better service. She is one of the cleverest girls, and has one of the most amiable dispositions, that I have ever seen.'

Fanny eventually married a brother of Mrs Burns.

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