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Maxwell of Terraughty, John (1720 — 1814)

After being apprenticed to a joiner, Maxwell set up in business for himself, with the profits of which he bought back the family estate of Terraughty, previously sold because of financial difficulties. Later, he also bought Portrack, in the Parish of Holywood. By his second marriage, he came to own Munches. When Burns settled in Dumfriesshire, Maxwell was a well known county figure. For his 71st birthday, Burns wrote him an epistle, beginning 'Health to the Maxwells' Veteran Chief!'

In the second stanza Burns prophesied:

"This day thou metes threescore eleven,
And I can tell that bounteous Heaven.
(The second-sight, ye ken, is given
To ilka Poet)
On thee a tack o' seven times seven,
Will yet bestow it."

Bounteous Heaven certainly went some way towards fulfilling the poet's prophecy for 'teugh Jockie', as Burns called Maxwell in the first of Heron Election Ballads, lived to be 94.

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