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Morison, Mary (1771 — 91)

A tombstone in the churchyard at Mauchline maintains she was the daughter of Adjutant John Morison of the 104th Regiment and that she was the poet's 'bonnie Mary'. Local tradition has it that she met the poet once only. She died of consumption. Her sister was stated by the Rev Dr Edgar of Mauchline to have said she was the Mary of the poem 'Mary Morison'. Most authorities, however, claim that the name was used by Burns for Alison Begbie, since Burns called the song 'one of my juvenile works', a term he was unlikely to apply to a song written in 1784/5 when the girl would be about fourteen and twelve years younger than the poet.
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