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Somerville. John (d. 1810?)

An Edinburgh lawyer and 'a particular friend' of Burns. He subscribed for four copies of the first Edinburgh Edition. In 1793, Somerville appears to have been living at 67, Princes Street.

In a letter to Peter Hill from Ellisland dated by Ferguson March 1791, Burns described 'honest John Somerville' as: '... Such a contented happy man that I know not what can annoy him, except perhaps he may not have got the better of a parcel of modest anecdotes which a certain Poet gave him one night at supper, the last time the said Poet was in town.'

When John ('Dr Hornbook') Wilson appealed to Burns for help in becoming 'an Edinburgh Quill-driver at twopence a page', Burns advised Wilson against such a course; but on 11th September 1790, sent him a letter of introduction to Somerville, lest this advice should be disregarded. (It was, in fact, taken.)

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