Robert Burns and his letter, 'Ae Fond Kiss'
Robert Burns and his
letter to Agnes McLehose.

A handwritten love song by Robert Burns is being put on show in Glasgow by the National Library of Scotland for the first time.

The Library is contributing to the global celebration of the poet's life on 25 January by giving people the chance to see the manuscript of 'Ae Fond Kiss'.

Burns wrote the song for Agnes McLehose as she was about to depart for Jamaica. It describes his despair at the ending of their four-year relationship.

It is one of the Library's most treasured manuscripts and has only previously been seen in Edinburgh. It is fitting that it should go on show in Glasgow, the city of Agnes's birth.

'Ae Fond Kiss' is on display on 25 January from 13.30 until 15.30, in the National Library of Scotland at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Entry is free.

Read more in our 'Ae Fond Kiss' media release.

18 January 2017