MS: 'Ken ye ought o' Captain Grose?'
- Robert Burns, Author
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Burns sent this song about his English antiquarian friend to Adam de Cardonnell Lawson, a numismatist and fellow antiquary who helped Grose gather and publish his stories of the British Isles. The song, with 8 four-line verses and a dog-latin chorus, is based on an oyster-dredging song from the Firth of Forth.
Captain Grose had written books on the antiquities of England and Wales and was about to turn his attention to Scotland. Burns met him at Friars' Carse, near Ellisland Farm, in 1789. They became friends and it was for Grose that Burns wrote of Alloway's old haunted Kirk in the tale of Tam o' Shanter.