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Niven. The Reverend Alexander (1760-1833)

Son of Bailie Robert Niven (d. 1807) who lived in Girvan. He was a day pupil at Hugh Rodger's school in Kirkoswald when Burns was there. While he was tutoring the family of Mr Hamilton of Sundrum in the parish of Coylton, he visited Burns at Mossgiel. He was ordained Minister of Dunkeld in 1793, and St Andrews' University gave him the degree of D.D. in 1816. He married Susanna Stewart in 1794 and had seven children.

Writing to William Niven from Lochlea on 12th June 1781, Burns said: 'Our communion was on Sunday se'en night, I mention this to tell you that I saw your cousin there, with some of Mr Hamilton's sons. You cannot imagine how pleased I was to steal a look at him, and trace the resemblance of my old friend. I was prepossessed in his favor on that account, but still more by that ingenuous modesty (a quality so rare among students, especially in the divinity way) which is so apparent in his air and manner.' William's cousin was, of course, Alexander Niven.

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