Editing Robert Burns for the 21st Century

Guest Blog by Professor Patrick Scott: A Burns Antedating and Another (Mis)Attribution: Hogg, Cunningham, Monk Lewis, and “The Hermit”

Every early 19th century Burns editor, and every publisher of a Burns edition, took pride in turning up previously-unknown Burns poems and letters. Egerer’s bibliography highlights this process of gradual discovery or recovery by...

Guest blog by Professor Patrick Scott: Laying a Ghost: J. DeLancey Ferguson, and “The Chevalier’s Lament”

An endemic problem in Burns research is that manuscripts go missing.  Earlier editors or auction catalogues list a manuscript that cannot now be located.  Sometimes it has simply disappeared into private ownership, sometimes a...

‘The Jolly Beggars’ in London after 200 years!

As some of you will have seen via our twitter account, we took Burns’s cantata ‘The Jolly Beggars’ to London last week. If you look back through our ERB21C blogs you’ll note that this,...

Guest blog by Professor Patrick Scott: ‘At Roslin Inn’

Guest blog by Professor Patrick Scott: ‘At Roslin Inn’ Burns editors face a special problem when a poem was not published by Burns himself and there is no manuscript in his hand. The problem...

Burns Documents at the NRO

Dr Carol Baraniuk (Research Associate at the Centre for Robert Burns Studies): Much of the current work of research staff on Burns C21 involves the transcription of manuscripts associated with Burns’s correspondence. It’s a...

Guest Blog by Professor Patrick Scott: Dr. John Mackenzie in the Irvine Miscellany

Guest Blog by Patrick Scott: Dr. John Mackenzie in the Irvine Miscellany Even among Burnsians who regularly handle the standard scholarly sources, few are fully aware just how often the standard sources are themselves...

Guest Blog by Professor Patrick Scott: ‘Scottish Bards and London Printers–Robert Burns, Gavin Turnbull’s ‘Epitaph on a Miser’, and Conjectural Emendation’

A recurrent issue in textual work on Scottish poetry is linguistic authenticity. Scottish literary texts, even in the author’s manuscript, can show considerable linguistic variety and eclecticism, but printers also vary widely in how...

Missing Flute Part for The Jolly Beggars – Can you help?

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I last blogged on the project. We’ve been working hard, as Gerry McKeever’s blog on collations shows, on the detailed analysis of each song for the edition...

Collations

Work for Songs for George Thomson is now in a critical phase, as the team pulls together the masses of research carried out over the last few years. This seems like an appropriate moment...

About Burns’s ‘To a Haggis’

This Burns Night, here are some of the things that interest our researchers about Burns’s famous poem, ‘To a Haggis’. Inspiration and Publishing History – Gerard Lee McKeever As is often the case with...