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Scrimgeour, John. third Viscount Dudhope (1620-1668)

Fought with Charles II at Worcester. Made Earl of Dundee at the Restoration. On his death, the title became dormant, until proved by the eleventh Earl.

Burns called him 'bold Scrimgeour' in his 'Second Epistle' to Graham of Fintry on the Dumfries Burgh Elections.

"Such was our youthful air and shape and face!
Such the soft image of our youthful mind."

In 'The Vision', Coila, Burns's Muse, tells him that though she has followed his career with interest, and taught him his 'manners-painting strains', yet for all that, he can neither learn, nor can she teach him:

"To paint with Thomson's landscape glow;
Or wake the bosom-melting throe,
With Shenstone's art;
Or pour, with Gray, the moving flow
Warm on the heart."

There can be few instances of more fantastic literary modesty; for, with or without the aid of Coila, Burns poured a warmer flow on the heart than Thomson's, Shenstone's and Gray's libations put together.

The garden of Leasowes is now a golfcourse.

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