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Nimmo, Miss Erskine

An acquaintance of Margaret Chalmers and a friend of Clarinda. She lived in Alison's Square, Edinburgh, and it was at Miss Nimmo's house that Burns and Clarinda first met. As Mrs M'Lehose put it in her first letter to the poet of 8th December 1787: 'Miss Nimmo can tell you how earnestly I had long pressed her to make us acquainted. I had a presentiment that we should derive pleasure from the society of each other.' Mrs M'Lehose described Miss Nimmo in a letter eight days later to Burns, as 'lineally descended from 'My Uncle Toby'; has hopes of the Devil, and would not hurt a fly'.

Burns saw her on several occasions when he visited Edinburgh for the first time. He told Clarinda: 'I have been with Miss Nimmo. She is, indeed 'a good soul', as my Clarinda finely says. She has reconciled me, in a good measure, to the world with her friendly prattle.' Indeed, Burns tried to persuade Miss Nimmo, without success, to accompany him on his visit to Harvieston.

Later, a certain coolness came between Miss Nimmo and Clarinda, probably because of Mrs M'Lehose's friendship with the poet.

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