A Monsieur de Trop, p.29.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

A WRITER on the heroines of Burns says:- “We once conversed with an aged man in Tarbolton who had served Burns as a second or abettor in one or other of his numerous loves. They would go together at night to houses in which lived girls admired by the poet; and these girls it was the duty of John Lees to ask out for his friend, who meanwhile waited near the door. When he had succeeded in bringing out any favourite lass of the poet, he became, of course, Monsieur de Trop, and Burns would then say to him – 

“Now, Jock, you may gang hame.” 

The old man seemed greatly to relish his recollections of these adventures. 

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