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Burnes of Clochnahill, Robert

Grandfather of the poet, he rented Clochnahill farm in Dunnottar parish, on the estate of the Earl Marischal. His financial ruin was brought about by bad crops, low prices and a disastrous frost in 1740. He eventually gave up Clochnahill, and renounced his lease in 1745. After further disappointments, he retired to Denside, Dunnottar.

He married Isabella, daughter of Alexander Keith, tenant farmer at Criggie in Dunnottar parish, and had a large family.

His eldest son, James, settled in Montrose, where Burns visited his son, also James and to whom the poet wrote frequently.

The second son, William, was the poet's father.

The third son was Robert Burns's 'uncle Robert'.

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