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Montgomerie's Peggy

She was reputed by the poet's sister, Mrs Isabella Begg, to be the housekeeper at Coilsfield House, where Burns often met her. They sat in the same church, where they: 'contracted an intimacy together'. Burns recorded that 'he began the affair merely in a "gaiete de coeur", and, to tell the truth, a vanity of showing my parts in courtship, particularly my abilities at a "billet-doux", which I always piqued myself upon, made me lay siege to her; and when I had battered myself into a very warm affection for her, she told me one day, in a flag of truce, that her fortress had been for some time before the rightful property of another, but with the greatest friendship and politeness she offered me every alliance, except actual possession.'

Montgomerie's Peggy remains one of the shadowy heroines in Burns's life: but the 'phrase battered myself into a very warm affection is revealing, since this often seems to be what Burns felt himself obliged to do over any woman to whom he felt even mildly attracted.

The song, 'Altho' my bed were in yon muir', sung to the tune 'Orala Water' relates to her.

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