MS: 'A Poet’s Welcome to his love-begotten Daughter'

Date:
1785 
Creator:
Robert Burns, Author 
Object Number:
3.6190

Summary

The full title of this poem is, A Poet’s Welcome to his love-begotten Daughter; the first instance that entitled him to the venerable appellation of Father.

Robert became a father for the first time in 1785 with the birth of his first child. Born to the family servant Elizabeth Paton, little Bess inspired her father to write this tribute to his first-born.

'Wee image o’ my bonie Betty,
As fatherly I kiss and daut thee,
As dear and near my heart I set thee'

Although Robert and Elizabeth’s relationship did not last, Bess was raised as a member of the Burns household by Robert’s mother.

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