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Gillespie, John

An Excise Officer who was stationed for some time at Dumfries. He was an unsuccessful suitor of Jean Lorimer, Burns's 'Chloris'. As late as 1791, Burns was trying to persuade Gillespie that he still had a chance with Jean. Gillespie, then at Portpatrick, was sent one of the poet's 'Chloris' songs, and told: 'I drank tea with the young lady at her home yesternight; and on my whispering her that I was to write you, she begged me to enclose you her compliments. In fact, the lady, to my certain knowledge, is down on her marrow bones of repentance respecting her usage of a certain gentleman.'

For once, however, Burns was wrong in the matter of reading a female heart. Soon afterwards, Jean Lorimer married a man called Whelpdale, a marriage which ended disastrously. See Lorimer, Jean.

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