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Dunlop, Andrew (d. 1804)

Mrs Dunlop's fourth son. He served in the army during the American Revolution, and retired with the rank of major. He was managing the family estate of Dunlop, near Stewarton, in succession to his father, when Burns knew him. During the French Revolution he raised and commanded the Ayrshire Fencible Cavalry. He did not marry.

Burns wrote to him on 31st May 1788, mainly about his own marriage:

'I mentioned to your Mother in a letter I wrote to her yesterday, which is the third or fourth I have wrote her to Haddington, that my Philosophy was gravelled to account for that Pariality from the house of Dunlop of which I have the honour to be so much the Object. Do you know that except from your Mother and the good family, my existence or non-existence is now of as little importance to the Great World I lately left, as the satellites of the Georgium Sidus is to a parcel of your Ditchers. I foresaw this from the beginning. Ambition could not form a higher wish than to be wedded to Novelty; but I retired to my shades with a little comfortable pride and a few comfortable pounds; and even there I might enjoy the peculiar happiness of Mrs Dunlop's friendship and Correspondence, a happiness I shall ever gratefully prize next to the dearest ties that wind about my heart, so in my Ploughman Compliment I bid the World — Gude Speed.

'Your mother never hinted at the report of my late change in life, and I did not know how to tell her. I am afraid that perhaps she will not entirely enter into the motives of my conduct, so I have kept aloof from the affair altogether. I saw, Sir, that I had a once, & still much lov'd fellow creature's happiness or misery among my hands; and I could not dally with such a matter. Pride & seeming Justice like true murderous King's Advocates talked much of injuries & wrongs; but Generosity, Humanity & Forgiveness were such irresistivle Counsel for the poor Pannel, that a Jury of old Attachments & new Endearments brought in a verdict — NOT GUILTY!'

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