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Steuart, James

Invited Burns to celebrate the birthday of Prince Charles Edward along with some other Jacobites at 'Cleland Gardens', his ale-house that stood at the east end of Edinburgh.

Burns, who relished outbursts of what Hilton Brown calls 'Stewarting', eagerly accepted the invitation on 26th December 1787: 'Monday next is a day of the year with me as hallowed as the ceremonies of Religion and sacred to the memory of the sufferings of my King and my Forefathers.' Then follows eight lines of verse, beginning with what is surely the worst line Burns ever wrote: 'Tho' something like moisture conglobes in my eye'. It is not known whether he recited, or merely wrote for the occasion, his 'Birthday Ode for 31st December 1787'. He was still suffering from his bruised leg, and in a letter to 'Clarinda' of 3rd January 1788, he mentioned that 'Monday, for the first time, I dine in a neighbour's, next door'.

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