Excerpt from Burns in Kirkoswald The homes and haunts of celebrated men will ever remain scenes of unusual interest t only to the cultured mirity of hero- worshippers, but also, and in a larger measure perhaps, to the bustling multitude whose avocations preclude the study of book lore, save in the spasmodic and fragmentary manner which leads to superficial kwledge and the corresponding appreciation which finds more congenial expression in the materialistic environment of the hero than in praise of his literary achievements. Thus it is, that for every one who quenches his thirst for kwledge at Burns's well of Scottish undefiled, ten respond to the stirring within them by personal inspection of the places associated with his name or with the poems and songs which have struck their fancy. And it is the calling of this pilgrimaging instinct of average humanity into active exercise which constitutes the strongest proof of greatness, be it Mecca-wards or towards the varying points of the compass in the Burns country. That country has been explored over and over again by editors and writers of every description, but usually in such hurried and scrap-book fashion that their accounts cant be implicitly relied upon as records of fact; and further, though correct eugh so far as they go, they are frequently so provokingly imperfect, condensed, or elliptical as to be positively valueless to the earnest searcher for Burns information on what seem trivial points, but which, in the mass, amount to evidence of the most valuable sort. So convinced are we that some remedy ought to be devised for the topographical inaccuracy which has become traditional, that we have been tempted to suggest the compilation of a Burns Gazetteer on the lines of the splendid work on the Parishes of Scotland published at the close of the eighteenth century by Sir John Sinclair, in co-operation with the clergy and other men of mark of that day. The present volume is a signal example of what could be accomplished if, in every part of the Land of Burns, there was a man possessed of the enthusiasm, mental endowments, and painstaking industry of the Rev. Mr Muir. From the Burnsian point of view it is the literal truth that he has done everything for Kirkoswald, and left thing undone. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.