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Morin, or Morine, John

The Laird of Lagan, which marched with Ellisland. He purchased the farm of Ellisland, when Burns removed to Dumfries, for £1,900. The owner, Patrick Miller of Dalswinton, was willing to sell Ellisland because it was separated by the Nith from the remainder of his estate.

The Rev Richard Simpson in his book Ellisland, quotes Burns's brother in law, Adam Armour, as telling 'a curious story about the fate of the window panes at Ellisland on which some of the poet's verses had been engraved'. Evidently Morin had disagreed with Burns over the value of some manure, and had insisted that the fences and offices should all be in proper order. Burns considered he was being hardly treated, in view of the work he had put in on clearing what was virtually waste-ground. On the day of the removal, several things happened to try the poet's temper, and he sent Armour from Dumfries (he had been helping the Burns family to remove) back to Ellisland to smash every pane of glass which carried Burns's handwriting. According to Armour these instructions were carried out faithfully, Burns paid him six shillings.

Syme, in his description of the tour he took with Burns through Galloway, he quotes the epigram Burns made on Morin:

"When Morine, deceas'd to the Devil went down,
'Twas nothing would serve him but Satan's own crown:
'Thy fool's head", quoth Satan, "that crown shall wear never;
I grant thou'rt wicket — but not quite so clever".'
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