manuscript for 'Ae fond kiss'.
History comes alive at the National Library of Scotland on Monday when a handwritten love song by Robert Burns goes on special display.
The life of the poet will be celebrated around the world on Burns Day on 25 January. The Library is contributing by giving people the chance to see one of its most famous Burns manuscripts.
It is a letter written in 1791 by Burns to Nancy McLehose who was about to leave Scotland for Jamaica. In it, Burns sends Nancy some recently composed songs, including one that has since become famous around the world, 'Ae fond kiss'.
The couple had exchanged love letters over a period of four years, but the song expresses Burns despair at the end of the relationship.
The handwritten letter to Nancy will be on display in the Library's boardroom at George IV Bridge, Edinburgh from 12.30-14.00 on Monday 25 January. Entry is free.
See also our Robert Burns press release
21 January 2016