Pane of glass with inscribed poem by Robert Burns, taken from Cross Keys Inn, Falkirk

Date:
1787 
Location:
Falkirk 
Creator:
Robert Burns, Author 
Object Number:
3.4002

Summary

Robert’s creative inspiration was known to strike at unusual times. During his highland tour, Robert left behind a series of poems inscribed on the window panes and chimney pieces of inns he visited.

During their first night away, Burns and Nicol stayed overnight at the Cross Keys Inn in Falkirk. Using his newly-acquired diamond stylus, Robert scratched four lines into window pane. They ask for men who treat women well to be rewarded:

'Sound be his sleep and blythe his morn,
That never did a lassie wrang;
Who poverty ne'er held in scorn,
For misery ever tholed a pang.'

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