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M'Murdo, Jean (1777-1839)

Eldest daughter of John M'Murdo. Burns wrote for her the song beginning: 'There was a lass and she was fair', and sent it to her with a long and rather pompous letter, claiming: 'In the inclosed ballad, I have, I think, hit off a few outlines of your portrait. The personal charms, the purity of mind, the ingenous naivete of heart and manners, in my heroine, are, I flatter myself, a pretty just likeness of Miss McMurdo in a Cottage. 'Burns added that the 'dramatic' ending of the ballad 'Young Robie's desertion of Brave Jean' was fiction.

Thomson received part of the song in April 1793, together with a copy of the imprinted air. Burns told Thomson on 2nd July: 'Mr Clarke, who wrote down the air from Mrs Burns's wood-notes wild, is very fond of it; and has given it a celebrity by teaching it to some young ladies of the first fashion here.' He asked Thomson to return the air if he did not like it. Thomson rejected Burns's 'beautiful little air', which is now lost, and published the song to 'Willie was a wanton wag'. 'Bonny Jean' (of Aberdeen), an air in Orpheus Caledonims, has been used for this song but, according to Dick, is not, in spite of its title, the air Burns originally intended.

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