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Thompson, Margaret

The poet had met her at Kirkoswald, when very young, and his poem 'Composed in August' is siad to have been inspired when he met her again later. In his Autobiographical Letter, Burns refers to her as: 'a charming Fillette, who lived next door to the school, over-set my trigonometry, and set me off in a Tangent from the sphere of my studies'.

Burns presented Margaret, who was by then married to John Neilson on Monyfee, with a copy of the Kilmarnock volume with the inscription 'Once fondly lov'd, and still remembered dear'.

These lines are in the first volume of the Glenriddell Manuscript, with a note in Burns's hand:

'... Poor Peggy! Her husband is an old acquaintance and a most worthy fellow. When I was taking leave of my Carrick relations, intending to go to the West Indies, when I took farewell of her, neither she nor I could speak a syllable. — Her husband escorted me three miles on my road, and we both parted with tears.'

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