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The Poet and the Pious Man

Burns was close to Gavin Hamilton, friend and supporter of his first edition of his poems, and Hamilton, apparently a likeable and genial fellow and of liberal mind regarding the church, was an irresistible target for Fisher.

WHAT WOULD a man called William Fisher say, if he rose from the grave to find that he had been a subject of abiding interest for more then two hundred years, and that every January his alleged transgressions are made public yet again? Would he recognise the figure in sark and nightcap, candle guttering as he seeks to intercede with the Almighty for wee Willie’s benighted soul?

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