Souter Johnnie's Cottage

The Bachelors' Club

A Short History of Robert Burns→

Death and Doctor Hornbook

Tam O'Shanter

John Barleycorn

Kirk Alloway

On the late Captain Grose’s Peregrinations

'The Antiquities of Scotland' by Captain Grose

Halloween

Robert Burns

A Chronology of the life of Robert Burns

From "The Life of Robert Burns" by John Gibson Lockhard

published by Hutchinson & Co in 1904

A.D.

MONTH

AGE

 

1721

Nov. 11

 

William Burnes (or Burness) born at Clockenhill, Kincardineshire.

1732

March 17

 

Agnes Brown, wife of William Burnes, born in Carrick district, Ayrshire.

1748

    

 

William Burnes arrives in the south of Scotland.

I7S7

Dec. 3

 

Marriage of William Burnes and Agnes Brown, who settle at Alloway.

1759

Jan. 25

  

Robert Burns born at Alloway.

1760

Sept. 28

6

Gilbert Burns born.

1765

  

 

Burns sent to school at Alloway, first, under Campbell; next, under Murdoch.

1766

 

7

William Burnes removed to the farm of Mount Oliphant. Sons continue to attend Murdoch's school at Alloway.

1768

 

  9

Murdoch leaves Alloway. William Burnes teaches his sons at home.

1770

 

11

Burns reads Life of Sir William Wallace and Collection of Letters.

1772

 

13

Burns attends the parish school of Dalrymple during the summer quarter.

1773

 

14

Burns is boarded with Murdoch in Ayr for three weeks, where he improves his English grammar and is introduced to the French language.

1774

 

I5

First song, 0 once I loved a bonnie lass.

1775

 

16

The family in financial trouble and great sorrow at Mount Oliphant.

1776

 

17

Burns spends the summer at Kirkoswald, where he meets Peggy Thomson, the heroine of the song New westlin winds, etc. Attends dancing classes. Composes the verses I dream'd I lay where flowers were springing.

1777

May

18

William Burnes, with his family, removes to Lochlea, Tarbolton.

1778

 

19

Burns writes a tragedy in outline—only a fragment of twenty lines preserved.

1779

 

20

On farm as ploughman

1780

 

21

"Bachelors' Club" established in village of Tarbolton.

1781

 

22

Burns courts Ellison Begbie, the sweetheart of the Song of Similes. Begins in earnest as poet, and produces some of his best earlier poems and songs.

1782

 

23

Burns is rejected by Ellison Begbie. In Irvine from midsummer, 1781, until March of this year.

1783

 

24

Failure of William Burnes in Lochlea.

1784

 

25

William Burnes died, aged sixty-four; Robert and Gilbert removed to Mossgiel in March. In spring Burns meets Jean Armour. In summer he is rebuked by the kirk session as the father of Elizabeth Paton's child.

1785

 

26

Burns at Mossgiel. Period of his supreme activity as poet. Year in which he wrote The Cottars Saturday Night, The Jolly Beggars, Holy Willie's Prayer, etc.

1786

 

27

Failure of farming at Mossgiel. Jean Armour's first shame. Burns promises to marry Jean; her father interferes, and sends Jean to Paisley. Burns gets certificate of bachelorhood from kirk session.

1786

 

 

Burns resolves to emigrate to Jamaica. First volume of poems published in Kilmarnock. Is jilted by Jean Armour, and falls in love with Mary Campbell, who died at Greenock in the autumn. Twins born to him by Jean Armour on September 3rd. Burns leaves Mauchline in November, and arrives in Edinburgh at the end of that month.

1787

April

 

Second edition of poems published in Edinburgh.

1787

May

 

Tour in the Border country.

1787

June 4

 

Burns is made an honorary burgess of Dumfries.

1787

June 9

 

Returns to Mauchline, and renews the intimacy with Jean Armour.

1787

Sept 25

 

Leaves Edinburgh with Nicol on a tour in the Highlands.

1787

Dec

 

Burns is introduced to Mrs. Maclehose (Clarinda).

1787

 

 

Burns's application to the Commissioners of Excise is favourably entertained.

1788

Feb

29

Leaves Edinburgh to inspect Elliesland farm.

1788

 

 

During winter Burns assists Johnson with The Scots Musical Museum.

1788

Feb 23

 

Burns in Mauchline. Finds Jean Armour driven from home and about to become a mother for the second time; finds her a home and maintenance

1788

March 3

 

Twins again born to Burns by Jean Armour ; both died in infancy.

1788

March 10

 

Burns returns to Edinburgh.

1788

March 13

 

Burns takes a lease of the farm of Elliesland

1788

March 20

 

Settles with Creech as to second edition of poems—profits variously stated, some say £500, some £400

1788

 

 

Burns gives £180 to his brother Gilbert, probably on loan, perhaps as a gift to enable Gilbert to continue to keep the poet's mother at Mossgiel

1788

April

 

Burns is privately married in Mauchline to Jean Armour.

1788

March to June

 

Burns receives Excise instruction at Tarbolton.

1788

June 13

 

Burns enters into residence at Elliesland. Of a the airts, etc., composed.

1788

Aug 5

 

Burns and Jean Armour formally made man and wife by the kirk session of Mauchline

1788

Nov

 

Jean Armour removes to Elliesland.

1789

Feb

30

Burns visits Edinburgh.

1789

Aug 18

 

Son, Francis Wallace Burns, born.

1789

 

 

Burns appointed an officer of the Excise.

1789

Oct 16

 

The Whistle contest at Friar's Carse

1789

Oct 20

 

To Mary in Heaven composed.

1790

Jan 11

31

Confession to Gilbert of failure in the farm of EUiesland.

1790

Jan

 

Burns on duty as an Exciseman

1790

 

 

Tam 0' Shanter composed in autumn.

1791

March

32

Episode of Anna of the gowden locks, etc.

1791

April 9

 

Son, William Nicol Burns, born.

1791

April 30

 

Burns sells his crop and prepares to quit farming.

1791

Nov 11

 

Removal to Dumfries

1791

Nov

(end of)

 

Burns visits Edinburgh. Finds relief for "Jenny Clow"

1791

Dec

 

Song Ae fond kiss, etc., composed.

1792

Feb 27

33

Burns boards a smuggling vessel in the Solway. Sent small guns to the French Convention, which were stopped at Dover by the Custom-House officers. Consequent trouble with the Board of Excise.

1792

Sept

 

Begins to write songs for Thomson.

1792

Nov 14

 

Sends the song of Highland Mary to Thomson.

1793

May

34

Burns removed from Bank Street to Burns Street (then the Millhole Brae), to the house in which he died.

1793

July

 

Excursion into Galloway with Mr. John Syme.

1793

Sept

 

Scots Wha hae and Auld Lang Syne sent to Thomson.

1794

Aug 12

35

Son, James Glencairn Burns, born.

1794

 

 

Episode at Woodley Park, and quarrel with Mrs. Riddel.

1794

 

 

Songs inspired by Jane Lorimer (Chloris) composed.

1794

 

 

Burns acts as supervisor for some time.

1795

Jan

36

For a' that and a' that composed.

1795

 

 

Burns is reconciled to Maria Riddel.

1795

 

 

The Heron Ballads written.

1795

 

 

Burns joins the Dumfriesshire corps of volunteers.

1795

 

 

His health breaks down.

1796

Jan

37

Burns gets his death-chill on his way home from the Globe Tavern.

1796

July

 

Songs inspired by Jessie Lewars written.

1796

July 4

 

Burns seeks health at the Brow Well.

1796

July 10

 

Letters of despair written to Gilbert and "stern old James Armour," etc.

1796

July 18

 

Burns returned from the Brow Well to Dumfries.

1796

July 21

 

Death of Burns.

1796

July 25

 

Coffin taken to the Town Hall.

1796

July 26

 

Burns buried in the St. Michael's kirkyard of Dumfries.

1834

March 26

 

Mrs. Burns (Jean Armour) died in Dumfries.

  


Notice: Undefined index: manage in C:\xampp\htdocs\ntsayrshire\HistInt-NTSRobertBurns.html on line 991