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Maxwell of Cardoness, David (b. 1825)

A Kircudbrightshire laird created a baronet in 1804. He figures in the second Heron Election ballad:
"An' there'll be Cardoness, Esquire
Sae mighty in Cardoness' eyes..."

Cardoness supported the Tory candidate, Gordon of Balmaghie. In a letter to Mrs Dunlop, Burns described him as a 'stupid money-loving dunderpate'.

Burns also wrote of him as 'A Galloway Laird — Not quite so wise as Solomon':

"Bless Jesus Christ, O Cardoness,
With grateful lifted eyes,
Who taught that not the soul alone,
But body too shall rise;
For had he said "The soul alone,
From death I will deliver,"
Alas! Alas! O Cardoness,
Then thou hadst lain for ever!"

And again: 'On being Shown a beautiful Country Seat':

"We grant they're thine, those beauties all,
So lovely in our eye:
Keep them, thou eunuch, Cardoness,
For others to enjoy!"
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