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Prentice, Archibald

The farmer of Covington Mains, near Biggar, in Lanarkshire, whom Burns visited on 27th November 1786, en route for Edinburgh. There was 'a most agreeable little party in the evening'. Burns stayed the night at Hillhead Farm, with Mr and Mrs Stodhart - described by Burns as 'a glorious good fellow with a still more glorious wife' — and Prentice joined them for breakfast on the morning of the 28th.

Prentice was an admirer of the poet, and subscribed for twenty copies of the first Edinburgh Edition of his Poems. In a letter dated 29th November 1786, to George Reid, who lent Burns a pony to ride to Edinburgh, the poet described Prentice: 'For Mr Prentice, no words can do him justice. Sound sterling sense and plain warm hospitality are truly his.'

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