The History of Leith

December 13, 2004

Robert Burns and Edinburgh

Burns arrived in Edinburgh on 28th November 1786, and took up quarters in Baxters Close in the Lawnmarket, ( now demolished ) with John Richmond, a. clerk of his acquaintance whom he knew in Ayrshire. At that time Edinburgh was carefree, squalid, venerable, and literary ( what’s new ) with every family of quality in Scotland in residence.

The brilliant society of the capital welcomed the rustic poet, introduced as he was by noblemen and learned professors. Henry MacKenzie in the Lounger (the then equivalent of the Scotsman newspaper) wrote so glowingly of his poetic genius that the doors of Edinburgh were flung open to him.

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