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Surgeoner, Jenny

A Mauchline girl who was seduced by Burns's close friend John Richmond, which led to his having to do public penance for his misdeeds. Although she bore a child to Richmond, he disowned her. Burns wrote to Richmond on 1st September 1786: 'I saw Jenny Surgeoner of late, and she complains bitterly against you. You are acting very wrong. My friend; her happiness or misery is bound up in your affection or unkindness. Poor girl! she told me with tears in her eyes that she had been at great pains since she went to Paisley, learning to write better; just on purpose to be able to correspond with you; and had promised herself great pleasure in your letters. Richmond, I know you to be a man of honour, but this conduct of yours to a poor girl who distractedly loves you, and whom you have ruined — forgive me, my friend, when I say it is highly inconsistent with the manly Integrity that I know your bosom glows with.'

Five years later Richmond, who had settled again in Mauchline, married Jenny.

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