Robert Burns’ most recorded love song.
Robert Burns often travelled to Edinburgh where he established a platonic relationship with Mrs Agnes Maclehose. Agnes Maclehose or Agnes Craig, was known to her friends as ‘Nancy’. Burns wrote ‘Ae fond kiss’, refering to “Nancy” in the poem, after their final meeting on 6 December 1791 and sent the poem to her before she departed to be with her estranged husband in Jamaica. She outlived him by 45 years.
Agnes was a competent poetess when she met Robert Burns at a tea-party given by Miss Erskine Nimmo. She was immediately attracted to him and they began to correspond regularly using the pseudonyms ‘Clarinda’ and ‘Sylvander’. Sir Walter Scott referred to the resulting love letters that passed between Burns and Maclehose as “the most extraordinary mixture of sense and nonsense, and of love human and divine, that was ever exposed to the eye of the world”.
An exploration of the V & A Museum
With a Scottish Themed Treasure Hunt
Getting ready for Burn’s Night, Treasure Hunts in London are organising a treasure hunt on Sunday 24th January 2016 around the V&A looking for art and artefacts from north of the border. As always this treasure hunt has a mixture of straight and cryptic clues and puzzles to solve. The hunt will end nearby with a wee dram, scoring and prize giving.
Book your tickets in advance and bring your team of 2 to 6 people along.
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