David Sillar, p.122.

[Anecdotes of Burns Contents]

EARLY associated with Burns, published a volume of indifferent poetry in 1789. He commenced life as a grocer in Irvine, but gave it up and became a teacher. In later years he acquired considerable wealth, and was a member of the Town Council for many years, part of which time he acted as magistrate of the burgh. He died in 1830, at the age of seventy. One of the most remarkable incidents in his life is, that notwithstanding his connection with Burns, which alone has preserved his name from oblivion, it is said that he became so penurious in his habits, as to refuse to subscribe for the monument to the poet erected on the banks of the Doon. 



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