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M'Lauchlan, James

Mentioned in 'The Brigs of Ayr'. Burns called him a 'thairm-inspiring sage, and 'a well-known performer of Scottish music on the violin'.

He was a Highlander who was once footman to Lord John Campbell at Inverary. He came to Ayrshire with a Fencible regiment and was patronised by Hugh Montgomerie of Coilsfield (later Earl of Eglinton), also a player and composer.

M'Lauchlan, accompanied by Matthew Hall, travelled over the countryside playing in gentlemen's houses on great occasions, sometimes performing in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Hall said that in one week they '...passed twenty-six parish kirks, and returned to Ayr on, Friday to a ball, never getting to bed until Saturday night'.

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