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Cruikshank, William (d 1795)

He was schooled by his uncle and namesake at Duns, Berwickshire, and later became an MA of Edinburgh University. In 1770, he became Rector of the High School in the Canongate, and two years later, Latin master at Edinburgh High School, where Burns met him through William Nicol. On his return from his northern tour, Burns lived with the Cruikshank family in No 2 St James's Square from Autumn 1787 until his departure from the capital in February 1788. Their 12 year old daughter Jane, or Jeany, caught Burns's affection and for her he wrote 'The Rosebud', and 'Beauteous Rosebud, young and gay'. Despite her years, she was a good musician able to sing Burns's airs and accompany herself.

Burns wrote a kindly epitaph on Cruikshank:

"His fau'ts they a' in Latin lay,
In English name e'er kent them."
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