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Maule, William Ramsay, Lord Panmure of Brechin and Navar (1771 — 1852)

Second son of George Ramsay, eighth Earl of Dalhousie, Maule heired the Panmure lands under the will of his uncle William in 1787. He was a friend of Fox and seems popularly to have been considered a libertine; but the Government thought differently, for they conferred a baronetcy upon him, and he became Lord Panmure in 1831. He married twice. The title died with his on.

When Burns knew Maule, he was an officer in a regiment stationed at Dumfries. In a letter of 29th October 1794, Burns sent the epigram: 'To the Hon. Wm R Maule of Panmure' to Mrs Dunlop with the comment: 'One of the other Corps which burst out as follows:

"Thou fool, in thy phaeton towering,
Art proud when that phaeton is prais'd?
Tis the pride of a Thief's exhibition
When higher his pillory's rais'd."'

In spite of this attack, Panmure settled on Burns's widow an annuity of £60 but only had to disburse it for 18 months, after which Burns's son, James, was able to relieve him of the charge.

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