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Mitchell, The Rev Dr Andrew (1725 — 1811)

Minister of Monkton from 1775 until his death. Son of Hugh Mitchell, Laird of Dalgair in Ayrshire, he himself was Laird of Avisyard, near Cumnock. He was characterised by an extreme love of money, and eccentric ideas. Praying for the Royal family he referred, according to Chambers, on one occasion to 'His Majesty the Queen — His Majesty the Prince of Wales'. He pronounced the word 'chemistry', hemistry, tchemistry, and shemisttry, 'but never by any chance in the right way.'

Despite his natural opposition to Burns's religious ideas, he could still laugh at the humour of the poet's verses, and waas heard to speak of Burns as a 'droll fellow'.

In 'The Kirk's Alarm', he is called:

"Andrew Gowk, Andrew Gowk, ye may slander the book,
And the book nought the waur, let me tell ye:
Tho' ye're rich and look big, yet lay by hat and wig,
And ye'll hae a calf's head o' sma' value,
Andrew Gowk! And ye'll hae a calf's head o' sma' value."
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