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Mailie

Burns's pet sheep, who bade the herder, Hughoc, tell Burns of her death, in the poem 'The Death and the Dying Words of poor Mailie, the Author;s only pet Yowe'. Burns also wrote her elegy in the poem 'Poor Mailie's Elegy'.

Gilbert Burns later recorded: 'The circumstances of the poor sheep were pretty much as Robert had described them. He had partly by way of frolic, bought a ewe and two lambs from a neighbour, and she was tethered in a field adjoining the house at Lochlea. He and I were going out with our teams, and our twoo younger brothers to drive for us, at midday, when Hugh Wilson, a curious looking, awkward boy, clad in plaiding, came to us with much anxiety in his face, with the information that the ewe had entangled herself in the tether, and was lying in the ditch. Robert was much tickled with Hughoc's appearance and posture on the occasion. Poor Mailie was set to rights and when returned from the plough in the evening, he repeated to me her 'Death and Dying Words', pretty much in the way they now stand.'

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