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Hamilton, The Rev George (d. 1832)

Minister of Gladsmuir from 1790 until his death, and Moderator of the General Assembly in 1805. Burns had written some defamatory verse about the King on the window of his room in Stirling, which included the lines:
"The injured Stewart line is gone,
A race outlandish fills their throne;
An idiot race to honor lost;
Who know them best despise them most."

Hamilton is alleged to have added his own lines to those of Burns. They conclude:

"These few rash lines will damn thy name,
And blast thy hopes of future fame."

In the Glenriddell Manuscript, under the title of 'The Poet's Reply to the Threat of a Censurious Critic', Burns referred to this matter: 'My impudent lines were answered very petulantly, by somebody, I believe a Rev Mr Hamilton. In an MS., where I met the answer, I wrote below:

"With Aesop's lion, Burns says, sore I feel
Each other blow, but d–n that ass's heel."
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