Burns at a Knitting Class, pp.25-26.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

AN Octogenarian records that Burns frequently visited one Thomas Lambert, a writer in Kilmarnock, and occasionally would step in next door and see the widow and her two daughters, who had a class of girls learning knitting. Mrs. Bruce, mother of the late Mr. A. J. Bruce, banker, and daughter of J. Begbie, noted in “The Ordination” – 

Than aff to Begbie’s in a raw an’ pour divine libations, 

has frequently stated to the writer that she was one of these girls, and that they were all glad to have a visit from Burns, – he was so full of fun. She remembered his repeating on one occasion a humorous description of a “rocking” that he had attended a few nights before.” 

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