Earl of Glencairn

An engraving by H Robinson of James Cunningham, 14th Earl of Glencairn (1749-1791), painted by D O Hill.

The earl was Robert Burns's principal patron on his arrival in Edinburgh. It was by Glencairn's influence that the Edinburgh establishment subscribed so enthusiastically to the Edinburgh edition of Burns's poems.

Correspondence between Burns and Glencairn is included in the Glenriddell Manuscripts at the National Library of Scotland.

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