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Clow, Jenny

A girl with whom Burns had a physical liaison in Edinburgh, while engaged in his unconsummated affair with Clarinda. Jenny bore him a son, whom Burns was willing to take into his home, but she would not part with him. In November 1791, as Burns arrived in Dumfries, he received a letter from 'Clarinda', informing him that Jenny Clow 'to all appearances is at this moment dying. Obliged, from all the symptoms of a rapid decay, to quit her service, she is gone to a room almost without common necessaries, untended and unmourned. In circumstances so distressing, to whom can she so naturally look for aid as to the father of her child...' Burns asked Mrs M'Lehose to get a porter to take five shillings from the poet to Jenny.

The complete text of a letter to Ainslie from Ellisland, dated 6th January 1789, makes it clear that Burns intended to see Jenny in Edinburgh, 'settle that matter with her, and free her hand of the process'. Apparently she had served the poet with a writ, as did Mary Cameron under similar circumstances

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