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Mayne, John (1759? — 1836)

Born in either 1759 or 1761at Dumfries, he became a printer there, having studied at the Foulis Brother's Academy in Glasgow. Latterly he went to London, where he became part owner and editor of The Star and where he died.

Three of his poems have survived; the picturesque 'Glasgow', 'The Siller Gun', and the song 'Logan Braes'.

While still a printer with The Dumfries Journal, he published 'The Siller Gun' in its first form in Ruddiman's Magazine of November 1780. Scott said of his later version of the same poem that it 'surpassed the efforts of Ferguson, and came near to those of Burns.'

It is very probable that Burns knew of Mayne's poem, because there are obvious similarities between 'The Siller Gun' which describes a traditional shooting contest, and 'Hallowe'en'.

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