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Cullie, David

The outgoing tenant of the farm at Ellisland. Burns lodged with him and his wife until he could arrange accommodation at Ellisland for his family. The house, near the tower of the Isle, seems to have been little better than a hut. Burns described it in a letter to Margaret Chalmers dated 16th September 1788: 'This hovel that I shelter in, while occasionally here, is pervious to every blast that blows, and every shower that falls; and I am only preserved from being chilled to death by being suffocated with smoke.' And again in the lines 'To Hugh Parker':
"Here, ambush'd by the chimla cheek,
Hid in an atmosphere of reek,
I hear a wheel thrum I' the neuk,
I hear it — for in vain I leuk:
The red peat gleams, a fiery kernel,
Enhusk'd by a fog infernal.
Here, for my wonted rhyming raptures
I sit and count my sins by chapters;
For life and spunk like ither Christians,
I'm dwindled down to mere existence;
Wi' nae converse but Gallowa' bodies,
Wi' nae ken face but Jenny Geddes.'

Jenny Geddes was Burns's horse.

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