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Burns, Elizabeth Riddell (1792-95)

Burns's only legitimate daughter to survive infancy, and whose early death caused him much heartbreak. She died at Mauchline, and is buried in the Armour lair of Mauchline Churchyard. She was named in honour of Mrs Riddell of Glenriddle.

Writing to Mrs Dunlop from Dumfries on 31st January 1796, Burns described his anguish at his daughter's death: 'I have lately drank deep of the cup of affliction. The Autumn robbed me of my only daughter and darling child, and that at a distance too, and so rapidly as to put it out of my power to pay the last duties to her...'

He also told Mrs Walter Riddell in a letter from Dumfries, conjectured by Fergusson to have been written in October or November, dated September 1795 that: 'a severe domestic misfortune has put all literary business out of my head for some time past.'

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