Thou Whom Chance May Hither Lead

Holograph manuscript poem by Robert Burns.   Robert Burns' neighbour at Ellisland was Robert Riddell of Friars Carse, a country estate upstream from the farm.  Recognising Burns' talent, Riddell offered him the use of the summer house on the estate in which to meditate and write, away from the demands of the farm.   It was here that Burns composed the poem as a tribute to Robert Riddell and their growing friendship.  "Written in Friars Carse Hermitage - by Nith-side" is written at the head of the poem, indicating his later version of "Thou whom chance may hither lead".
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BCBN016a; BCBN016b
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Friars Carse Hermitage, near Ellisland, Dumfries
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length 305mm, width 190mm
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Dumfries & Galloway Council
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