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Sloan, Thomas

According to Chambers, Sloan was 'understood' to have been a native of Wanlockhead. Burns is supposed to have made his acquaintance when travelling between Ellisland and Ayrshire, during the first year of his occupation of Ellisland.

From a note, conjecturally dated by Ferguson May 1789, it appears that Sloan and Burns intended to pay a joint call on Captain Riddell at Friars' Carse. Sloan was one of those listed by Burns to subscribe to Dr Anderson's magazine The Bee. He may have been the recipient of an unaddressed invitation to spend New Year Day, 1791, with Burns.

The last two letters of Burns to Sloan are to a Manchester address. From a note of 1st September 1791, it would seem that Sloan was in some kind of business embarrassment and had asked Burns to try to enlist the assistance of 'Mr Ballantine'. Burns regretted: 'that Mr Ballantine does not chuse to interfere more in the business. I am truly sorry for it, but cannot help it'.

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