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Leglen Wood

Leglen Wood, which stands on the banks of the Ayr about 3 miles from Auchencruive, was said by Blind Harry in his poem Wallace to be a favourite hiding place of the Scottish patriot. Burns came under the influence of this poem in Hamilton of Gilbertfield's abridged arrangement, in which we are told Wallace would go:
"Syne to the Leglen wood, when it was late,
To make a silent and a safe retreat."

Writing to Mrs Dunlop from Mossgiel on 15th November 1786, Burns described his youthful pilgrimage to the spot:

'I chose a fine summer Sunday, the only day of the week in my power, and walked half a dozen of miles to pay my respects to the "Leglen Wood", with as much devout enthusiasm as ever pilgrim did to Loreto; and as I explored every den and dell where I could suppose my heroic Countryman to have sheltered, I recollect (for even then I was a Rhymer) that my heart glowed with a wish to be able to make a Song on him, equal to his merits.'

In 1929, a cairn was unveiled on a mound overlooking the River Ayr.

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